Music You Don't Know You Like Yet
Amber Nicole is a seventeen year-old singer
songerwriter from Allendale, Michigan. On her Official Facebook Page, Amber
Nicole describes herself as "a girl with an acoustic guitar," but, while
listening through her first album release, there is clearly much more to this
local musician. She began promoting herself as a musician in 2012 on social
media sites, and has since played a number of local shows including house
shows, coffee house shows, and community based benefits. Amber produced the 10-track
album, Lead You The Way Back Home,
with the help of Sound Street Studio in Ada, Michigan. The title track "Lead
You The Way Back Home" opens the album, and features Amber's steady vocals
above a rhythmic electric guitar. "Travelin' Men" is a bass driven song, with
Amber's lyrical prowess at work. Influences from UK bands, such as Daughter,
are clear on this track, but Amber is able to move beyond replication and create
her own sound. The softer, piano filled, instrumentation of "The Crow Song"
make Amber's vocals distinct, but her vocal ability is made clear in "Ghost And
Guns." The majority of the album features Amber and her acoustic guitar, moving
away from the full band sound of the first few tracks. Amber will be touring
summer of 2014 with other local musicians.
- Richard Martin
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