ALBUM REVIEW: Amber Run – 5AM | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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RCA Victor

Released: 27.04.15

More information on Amber Run’s official website


5AM is the debut album from Nottingham-based five-piece Amber Run. I Found opens things up with intimate, beautifully choreographed harmonies, a sleight-of-hand delicateness that can only command your full attention. The song grows in size towards the end, leading onto the rest of the album, which for the most part fuses a symbiotic relationship of harmony-laden, arena-filling indie pop and singer-songwriter piano ballads. Tracks like Hurricane, Pilot and Just My Soul Responding channel U2 and early Coldplay, and for this it seems Amber Run wear their influences on their sleeve; they’re not afraid of reaching for the big time. M.F. and C.F., the two instrumental interludes, fuse the albums opposing sides together, and meld a coherency in the long play. Shiver sees Amber Run head for the acoustic guitar, before EP closer See You Soon gives a self-explanatory hint of things to come.

The band is only at the very beginning of a promising career, and for most people these songs will all be completely fresh, offsetting the fact that 5AM features many already heard EP tracks. 5AM is definitely a strong taste of this lot’s future. Big.

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