Based in Australia, electro-pop artist Amanda Easton will release her brand-new LP, Wallflower, on February 20 via Renaissance Records on vinyl.
Speaking to the album, Amanda shares, “This album was made in 2020 which had a lot more time for introspection than usual! I thought a lot about my lack of confidence and shyness as a teenager. While I still have moments of insecurity, I think how far I’ve come and I’d like to about to go back and tell my younger self not to worry, that I would ‘bloom eventually.’ Teenage ‘me’ is the Wallflower in the title and this album tells stories about events and people from my past.”
As a full-time performer, Amanda has played the renowned venues in Australia, along with performing in Japan, Bali, Malaysia, and touring Europe. She’s provided backing vocals for Glenn Shorrock, Powderfinger, Marcia Hines, James Reyne, and Vanessa Amarosi, as well as touring the world and sharing the stage with Richard Clapton and Wendy Matthews.
Prior to Wallflower, Amanda released two albums and three EPs. Two of her singles hit the Top 10 on the Australian charts. Her music videos have appeared on MTV and she is frequently on television.
Comprising 12-tracks, Wallflower starts off with “Girl in the Song,” flavored with a measured rhythm supporting edgy pop tones as Amanda’s lush voice imbues the lyrics with suggestive sensuality.
Entry points include “Walk the Skies,” which oozes dark energy, trickling with urgency. Amanda’s risk-filled tones infuse the lyrics with nuanced timbres, luminous with crystalline hushed textures. One of the best tracks is “Shadow on the Boulevard,” featuring low-slung emerging rinses of pigmentation, shimmering on trembling surfaces. There’s a portentous ambiance to Amanda’s voice on this track, lacing the lyrics with mysterious facets.
The penultimate track, “Overcome,” radiates vague memories of Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away,” riding quavering synths, while Amanda’s scrumptiously husky voice gives the tune seductive, ghostly tendrils.
Wallflower merges faint tinges of art-pop, avant-pop, and electro-pop into sumptuous, supple songs, highlighted by the voice of Amanda Easton.