Bored At My Grandmas Home: Present & Inform

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Bored At My Grandmas House: Show & Tell – Album ReviewBored At My Grandmas Home: Present & Inform

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Launched 14th June 2024

Cumbrian born, Leeds based mostly singer-songwriter Amber Strawbridge, aka Bored At My Grandmas Home, showcases her ever growing artistry on her shimmering full size debut – Present & Inform. Amber’s newest launch follows the album’s first three singles, Inhibitions, the title observe – Present & Inform, and extra just lately – How Do You See The World? Within the three years since her nicely obtained debut EP – Typically I Overlook You’re Human Too, the previous Leeds Conservatoire pupil, and eager analogue photographer, says – “I’ve skilled extra, questioned extra, felt extra and allowed myself to be susceptible extra – which I hope interprets all through the album.”

Former English trainer Strawbridge has described her sound as “fuzzy Indie” and has already drawn vital and credible comparisons with the likes of The Treatment and Soccer Mommy. The largely self-taught musician performs all of the devices on her tracks and data her demos in her bed room, nevertheless, as together with her debut EP, this album has been produced at The Nave Studio by Alex Greaves (Working Males’s Membership, Pulled Aside By Horses) for Clue Information.

Bored At My Grandmas Home, a venture born out of precisely that, is Amber’s artistic alter ego, permitting her to discover a large number of feelings. Strawbridge says – “The principle general theme of this album is connection. Reference to myself, reference to the world and connection to the folks round me who I really like. This album is for me at first and was a method for me to internally course of. The origin of those tracks all stem from me wanting to know these connections and course of my feelings surrounding them. The album covers subjects resembling the ability of queer love, humanity and its ‘delusions of grandeur’, reflection and function.”

Bored At My Grandmas House: Show & Tell – Album Review

While Present & Inform could also be plagued by references to nervousness, greed, loss, unrequited love and struggles with psychological well being, it nonetheless manages to come back throughout as a positively framed and inclusive piece. Amber’s capability to craft a tune, her lyrical prowess and her undoubted expertise are why she’s already being touted as “totally shaped”(The Instances) and why, at occasions, it’s simple to overlook that that is her debut album.

The twelve tracks that make up Present & Inform have an effervescent vibrancy that fizzes with an unapologetic youthful vitality. The revolving guitar hooks, reminiscent upon event of Felt (very true on Imposter Syndrome), whirl and wend their method, offering the perfect platform for Amber’s inviting vocals.

Refreshingly, for a latest debut album, Amber has chosen to not look again and lean on earlier materials; she is clearly intent on transferring ahead. Strawbridge has not even included arguably her largest observe to this point, 2022’s Lo-Fi delight – Detox. The oldest observe on right here is the album’s preliminary single launch – Inhibitions, which solely surfaced in late November final yr.

From the sluggish constructing, epically cinematic Intro, on to the unashamedly Treatment influenced Inhibitions by way of to the splendidly woozy, semi-psychedelic, Heavy Head and on to the tender and extra thought of finale, Cover & Search, BAMGH, takes the listener on a joyous journey of discovery. Opening her coronary heart and sharing her most intimate ideas and emotions, Amber seemingly embraces a freedom and catharsis by way of her songs. Talking just lately in regards to the “tongue-in-cheek” title observe, Strawbridge stated it’s – “about me being the other of an open guide and all of the little particular issues about me that I typically want had been completely different. General, it’s about me being a guarded individual and fearing the potential for having to be susceptible, and realising that vulnerability is definitely a phenomenal factor and one thing I shouldn’t be so fearful of.”

After listening to Present & Inform in it’s entirety you’d should agree wholeheartedly. With it’s jangly guitars, layered harmonies and mesmeric melodies, there’s loads to like about this new file. Amber’s mix of wistful shoe-gazing dream-pop is infinitely listenable. If I needed to choose fault in any respect it could on the manufacturing the place, once in a while, the treble finish of the percussive vary can sound as if some components had been recorded beneath water! That apart, Present & Inform is a really completed, cohesive and compelling debut from the Leeds based mostly artist Bored At My Grandmas Home.

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All phrases by Andrew Lockwood. Extra writing by Andrew Lockwood could be discovered at his
writer’s archive. Andrew Lockwood can also be on X as @AndrewLockwood_

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