"...2016 looks like it's going to be their year." - Vic Galloway
"...a pure blend between indie-pop and electro..." - It's All Indie
"...ambitious and thoroughly addictive." - Crack In The Road
AmatrArt are delighted to announce the release of their gorgeous double a-side single Mirror/Soft Skin.
Subversively playing with the indie/electro dynamic, AmatrArt have carefully constructed a sound that embraces the immediacy of indie-pop, allied to a distinctively high brow ambient sound, all unified by the dreamy Mark Hollis (Talk Talk) style vocals produced by Jonathan Mullen.
Mirror was premiered by the wonderful Vic Galloway on his BBC Radio Scotland show with Soft Skin making it's debut on the happening Crack In The Road. Both are now available to stream from the embed below or on the ABoF Soundcloud page.
The band's video for Mirror was exclusively hosted by It's All Indie with the video for Soft Skin due to be released later this month. Watch Mirror via the embed below or from AmatrArt's YouTube page.
Mirror, which opens with a sweeping synth and heavily reverbed guitar, is a song of self-reflection with the protagonist questioning his decisions, before summing up with the line “where did I go wrong?” A rasping guitar riff emanates throughout the chorus followed by a searing solo, as the song builds and builds before coming to a crashing end.
The other half of the double a-side, Soft Skin offers another example of the talent AmatrArt possess despite their young age. Encapsulating the electronica intricacies of Kid A era Radiohead, Soft Skin kicks off with the alluring sounds of synth straddling chiming guitar, while singer Mullen shows off his vocal range, the verses delivered flawlessly, as the mix between his and the rest of the bands punctuated choral vocals help to create an almost overwhelming effect.
Having known each other and played music together from a young age Jonathan Mullen (Vocals & Guitar), Josh McGeechan (Guitar) and Niall Jootun (Bass) formed AmatrArt after a series of jams and bedroom recordings. Completing the line up with Niall Morris (Samples/Synths) and Lewis Orr (Drums) the band have gone onto produce as sound that sits somewhere between contemporary acts such as alt-J, Dutch Uncles and Nothing But Thieves. Having already played the T Break Stage at T in the Park last year as well as picking up support from the likes of BBC Radio Scotland, the Scotland on Sunday and The Herald, AmatrArt are eager to share their sound with a wider audience throughout 2016. You can catch the band's single launch show on Friday 29th April at the Hug & Pint in Glasgow.
Mirror/Soft Skin is out now via Bloc+ Music and is available to buy digitally on iTunes or stream on Spotify. The record can also be purchased on vinyl with a special launch show ticket/vinyl bundle also available.