Nottingham’s Amber Run have been a band on multiple radars since the release of their exciting debut 5AM last year. Not ones to rest on their laurels, the five-piece are back with an impending second album and new single to show for it. Titled Stranger, the track is a rattling, tidal-wave of alternative rock that shows a band at their top of the game.
“And if love seems like a stranger / that comes knocking at your door / like an old forgotten treasure / that we’ve all been looking for,” sings vocalist Joe Keogh in an almost-whisper. Stranger is a rousing slow-burner that begins quaint and finishes with aplomb. Once it reaches its atmospheric heights, there’s no doubting the anthemic potential that Amber Run possess – though they exercise such qualities with a distant, haunting approach. There’s something spectral to Stranger, only heightened by the accompanying video’s slowed-down, monochromatic depiction of man meeting water. It’s a piece of music that stays with you long after its finished playing.
If the track is anything to go by, Amber Run’s sophomore record will be their strongest release yet. They’re a band strongest when producing powerful, emotive indie-rock and Stranger is a perfect example of their lofty capabilities. Keep your eye out for more.
Words by Niall Flynn