The Amanda Emblem Experiment – ‘Farmtime’ EP

From the serenely glowing “Waterfall” to the gritty blues-rock escapism within “General Consensus,” The Amanda Emblem Experiment thoroughly impresses on the Farmtime EP. Based in South East Queensland, Amanda Emblem showcases a sincere, melodic range of songwriting on this memorable release.

“Waterfall” commences the album with a soaring, melodic charm. “With you,” lush vocals repeat alongside flourishing instrumentation; steady guitars and caressing woodwinds provide entrancement into the inviting “under the waterfall,” setting. “Of Course I Do” follows with a more solemn, folk-forward direction initially. Subdued acoustics and lightly prancing piano complement vocal conveying — “I will travel beside you, wherever you want to go,” — that continues the opener’s expressions of adoration and lovely company.

Another highlight, “General Consensus” enamors in its chugging, bluesy guitar suaveness and seductive vocal enthrallment — patiently unfolding with a confident demeanor. “I got the general consensus,” the intoxicating vocals begin, hypnotizing throughout alongside sludgy guitars into the “I gotta run,” escalating theatrics. The smoky, contemplative meshing of piano and acoustics stir on the concluding “Aphrodisia,” a quality send-off to this compelling EP.

“Waterfall” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ 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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