Review: Amber Run releases new album ‘For a Moment, I Was Lost’

(By: Valerie Dittrich)

After a rocky beginning to their career, the U.K. band Amber Run has found success in the new year – signing to a new record label and releasing their second studio album, ‘For a Moment, I Was Lost.’

(Photo credit: Tell All Your Friends and Dine Alone Records)
(Photo credit: Tell All Your Friends and Dine Alone Records)

The record dropped in the U.S. and Canada on Feb. 10 digitally, with the CD and vinyl set to be released Mar. 17. Following the release of their debut album ‘5AM’ in 2015, the group found themselves at their lowest point. Their record label had dropped them and they were down one member. Instead of giving up, they persisted and carried on, leading to signing with Dine Alone Records and creating a second album that explores darker themes and highlights the band’s trials and tribulations.

Compared to their first album, ‘For a Moment, I Was Lost’ has a harsher and more abrasive tone, which is especially prevalent in “No Answers” and “Perfect.” The lyrics seem to carry more weight to them, documenting the darker times the band has faced. Tracks such as “Are You Home” and “Machine” have a ballad-like sound and place singer Joe Keogh’s melodic voice front and centre. The album illustrates the pain of the human condition through failure, heartbreak, depression and eventually rising out of the ashes and starting over. The use of a vocoder is a trend in a few of their past songs, most notably in their new record on “Haze,” as it evokes raw emotion and reflects the overall theme of the record.

(Press photo via Never Enough Notes)
(Press photo via Never Enough Notes)

From start to finish, ‘For a Moment, I Was Lost’ tells the band’s story: from their inception, to their bleakest moments, to facing hardships they thought they could never get past. It is truly a beautifully-constructed record both in its sounds and storytelling abilities, and paints a picture of triumph through suffering.

Amber Run will be coming to North America to tour their newest album this spring. In the meantime, you can stream ‘For a Moment, I Was Lost’ and pre-order their physical CD and vinyl.

Watch their latest music video for “Fickle Game” below:

(Header image via BBC Music)

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