affirmations & incantations: thraed of AMAARAE

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A thread for the Ghanaian/American rnb/(afro)pop singer whose album The Angel You Don't Know has taken over my life this week. I'm intensely in the swoon phase right now so don't have anything smart to say about it right now (ilm: or ever!), just: fuck this is soooo good...

I'm not even at the emerging faves stage yet, but I could live in "Céline" forever. There's no good half/bad half argument to be made here, but in general I love how silky and cloudy the back half gets.

rob, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 21:49 (three weeks ago) link

I heard Fancy on a playlist and it caught my attention

(•̪●) (carne asada), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 21:55 (three weeks ago) link

Yea she’s great, the song that first caught my eye was “like it” which also has a great video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai0RgtrRGSY

Janet vibes to the vocals

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 21:56 (three weeks ago) link

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"Fancy" is great, maybe the most earwormy track. If you dig it, I can't imagine not liking the whole project, which btw is a breezy 35 mins -- something I'm sincerely appreciating after also grappling with the Carti and Skillibeng albums these past couple weeks.

And some might appreciate being warned that the punk guitar bookends are super brief?

"Like It" is awes. I'm curious about her prev EP too, but not ready to stray from TAYDK yet

rob, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 21:58 (three weeks ago) link

I listened to her other stuff around the time like it came out and wasn’t as enamored. I think the new stuff is better

She does have a good appearance on odunsi’s album on the track “body count”

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 22:44 (three weeks ago) link

I first heard about her via Spotify recommendations! Good job Spotify. One of my very favorite albums of last year.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 22:45 (three weeks ago) link

yay, Amaarae!!!

this is how I tried to hype her on the R&B thread recently: "her music is a hybrid of r&b, rap and (alté) afrobeats. The album is basically one long netfreax & chill"

Pitchfork, apart from naming the album Best New Music, ran a big profile on her:
https://pitchfork.com/features/rising/amaarae-afropop-interview/

I like the way she looks at herself/her potential:

What’s your plan for your career? What do you want for yourself?
When I think, OK, well, how am I going to do this? What is my breakthrough going to be?—I think about, first and foremost, my voice. My voice is interesting, but also very pop-friendly. I can think of my voice in terms of range and style, like the way that Berry Gordy utilized Diana Ross’ vocals against so many different types of pop tropes, but still kept her Black. And for me, that’s what I would like my trajectory to be. I’ve been exposed to so many different types of music and scenarios that I continue to build my range so that I can stand and fight in any arena, music-wise, both as a singer and a songwriter. So even if it doesn’t come in the form of “Amaarae has sold 500 million records,” it might be: “Amaarae wrote that record for Adele that did.”

(that piece is also a study in the use of words to describe African pop music, a hot-button issue if ever there was one)

She does have a good appearance on odunsi’s album on the track “body count”

― ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, January 5, 2021 5:44 PM (yesterday)

Yeah I'm wondering if how hard I've fallen for this album means I need to revisit the alté stuff I didn't get into in the past. At any rate, I'll be more open to hearing odusni & co. in the future

Thanks for the link, breastcrawl. Cool to see she went to Agnes Scott and the mention of "Me & U" caught my eye -- I'd thought about referencing Cassie in my OP, though I think Amaarae's use of disaffection/emotional reserve is more idk artful or deliberate than Cassie's? well different in any case

rob, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 14:03 (three weeks ago) link

my current fav (it changes with every play) is subtle bop "Sad Girlz Luv Money". it features Moliy, another Ghanaian singer, who I hadn't heard of, but whose Wondergirl EP is worth a listen too. it's not as out there, but verrry nice.

partyin' maskless with Rudy G. and Vanilla Ice, it's a gas gas gas (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 14:11 (three weeks ago) link

ooh I'll have to check that out as she's on "Feel a Way" too, which was my favorite on last night's listen

rob, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 14:17 (three weeks ago) link

thanks for the tip, this record is lovely

Uptown Top Scamping (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 9 January 2021 11:42 (two weeks ago) link


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