Let Amber Run’s latest offering ‘Affection’ seep into your very bones.
The chiller will make its way onto their third album, Philophobia, out September 27. Furthermore, the band will be touring their new material in Bristol and Oxford this Autumn.
The song, recorded earlier this year, as part of the album session, is one of the band’s most honest songs to date. Speaking about the song frontman Joe Keogh explains “I hope after people have heard the record they feel closer to the band. Gone are the days where we feel angry to the point of pushing people away. We want to draw people in and keep them close. In the hope we could have a shared experience.”
Whether platonic or romantic, unrequited, unconditional or ugly, every human experiences some kind of love to some degree. At its very best, love – whether from a parent or child or a partner – can give you purpose. It can make you feel more whole and complete than you ever thought possible. It can make life worth living. At the same time, it can totally and utterly destroy you.
That conflict – and the delicate balance between the two – is something that Amber Run explore thoroughly on the 10 beautiful, soul-searching songs that make up Philophobia, their third record. Yet while that aversion is the central focus the new record from the Nottingham trio – consisting of lead vocalist Joe Keogh, bassist Tom Sperring and keyboardist Henry Wyeth – its songs also explore the nature of love in all its many different, complex facets and forms to bring that complex tornado of emotions and feelings to life.
As such, Philophobia is a visceral yet philosophical exploration of the effects – positive and negative, damaging and restorative – that love of all kinds can have on a person. ‘Affection’, for example, soars with a beautiful grace, Keogh’s heart-torn, plaintive and ethereal vocals proclaiming that “love to me has been as bad as good” before later stating how “love can be as deaf as it is blind.”
To that extent, this album – which was recorded at Vale Studios in Fladbury by the band’s longtime collaborator and producer Ben Allen and mixed by Claudius Mittendor (Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, Interpol) – channels the fear of the hold that love can have over you as much as the fear of love itself. Musically, it’s the band’s most confident and self-assured album to date, full of beauty and truth, passion and heart. It’s the sound of a band who are more solidified than ever and whose relationships and connection are as integral to the concept of the album as any other.
But perhaps most importantly, for lyricist Keogh, these songs were a successful soul-searching quest for him to finally realise that he is worthy of the love he receives and gives back – something he’s struggled with for much of his life. As such, Philophobia’s beautiful, moving and earnest songs are an antidote to its very title and the very troubles that inspired it. It’s an album full of depth and heart which genuinely probes the nature and essence of human relationships and human moments.
UK live dates
- SWX, Bristol October 12
- O2 Academy, Oxford October 18
For further information visit www.amber-run.com