Watch List: Dive Into The Sweet Sensations of AMARA
Have you ever heard a tune that made you time travel back? Well we have. With West coast singer, AMARA (Viola Ellis), we are shipped to another era. Maybe to being inside a swing club from the Jazz Age or inside some film noir from the 50s. Nonetheless, her newest EP, Kaolin, is a pure delight to our nostalgic-for-another-time taste.
AMARA’s first song, “True Romance,” begins as a slow love ballad of piano beneath her intoxicatingly, jazzy voice. Lauding the qualities of her beloved, she sings such sweet lyrics like:
He’s a man of romance/ He’s a man of his word/ I know it’s much to soon to tell/ But his is the sweetest song I’ve ever heard
Transitioning into the second song, “Last Night,” more instruments arise. Although there’s more involved: whimsically arranged strings, trumpet, and transparent hi hat drumming, it’s minimalistic enough not to get too carried away.
And saved for last is “Porcelain,” to wrap up the idealistically detailed EP. It sort of feels like a love letter to the Ronettes “Be my Baby.” The clapping and percussion (a Vibraslap and drums to be more specific) are pretty similar. With bass, piano, a sparse drumming pattern, and a bridge of her hums, she builds to her final denouement, a crescendo of her asking, “When will I be porcelain?”
ALSO, check out AMARA’s last video for her Kanye cover, and watch out for a new one, coming very soon.