The Amber List – “Thousand”


Bridging punchy rock infection and moody post-punk ruminations, “Thousand” is a recent single from The Amber List, a trio from Preston, UK. The track represents the first in a variety of songs from the act, who are releasing a single per month for the foreseeable future, culminating in an album at the conclusion of 2024. They describe “Thousand” as “a warning to the guileless thousands who flock to the city expecting great things and ending up lost.”

An expressive array of guitars are prominent in the introduction, as the vocals reflect the tale of “a small town stray,” drawn in by the bright city lights, as a new life begins. “A darkness falls on this side of town,” the vocals let out; the bleakness is solidified by depictions of failed dreams and the setting of a hotel with paper-thin walls.

A quest for self-introspection is evident — “there’s a thousand ways to die, and a thousand reasons why,” — amidst the stirring alt-rock arsenal. “Thousand” invigorates in sounding like an anthem to commencing a quest for one’s ideal place in life, both physically and mentally, alongside a riveting, dark rock spell.

Check out the track’s music video:

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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