Amelie Lucille: Self-Titled (EP)
(Independent / 15 June 2023)
With a big, expressive voice, and a nicely sensitive gift for phrasing, this release by Amelie Lucille will please lovers of well crafted singer-songwriter fare. A student at the famous LaGuardia High School, Amelie Lucille started to write music at the age of 7. That was just seven years ago...
The focus of the EP, as it should be, is on Amelie's rich vocals. It's paired with a mournful violin melody on Mess, a sparkling piano and rhythmic guitar underneath. The effect is a kind of weightless accompaniment against the gravitas of her voice.
Much of the EP offers similar approaches and arrangements, all in a slower tempo. After all the soft songs, sweet violins and heartbreak, the upbeat vibe of Because Of You comes as welcome change up.
Amelie shares the inspiration and story behind her debut EP in a release.
"I want to live in any time besides now. I am almost 15 and I envy anyone that was able to experience the world when it wasn't so impersonal. The movies, the style, the people, but most of all, the music. I dream of seeing my favorite bands live - The Cure, The Police, Cocteau twins, Fleetwood Mac, Belle and Sebastian, Björk, and The Sundays. There is so much I feel like I have missed out on. Music is what takes me there.
This album is my growing up album. It's the first real thing I've ever made. Some of the songs are based on my very first experiences but others came straight from my imagination.
Even though most of my songs are about love, I am yet to feel the way I write. I can't wait to fall in love, even if it is followed by a heartbreak, because it would have meant that I felt for someone, and I would love to make another album about that."
At just 14 years old, New York based Amelie has plenty of time to refine her indie folk sound. She is a frequent performer at the legendary Bitter End as part of The Urban Garage series.
Personnel: Joel Arnow – drums/bass, Carolin Pook – violin, Michael Bellar – keyboards, Bill Finizio – keyboard, Paul Orbell - electric guitar, Justin Kessler - engineer drums "Because of you".
Tracklist: Mess; Token; His Song; Disposable Cameras; The Call; "Because of You" Interlude; Because of You
Official Website: https://amelielucille.com