GET TO KNOW: Grace Amulet
After dazzling so many with her immersive initial offerings 'Hades' and 'Into The Dark' earlier this year, fast-rising artist Grace Amulet isn't slowing down anytime soon as she drops her shimmering new effort 'Look How It Fell'.
Capturing another warm and inviting dose of alt-pop textures throughout this new offering, 'Look How It Fell' sees her return with one of her most emotive outings to date. With her bold and dynamic voice layered across an atmospheric production from start to finish, she continues to shine as a true innovator on the new music scene right now.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with her to find out more about her origins and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
Bon Iver. There were others I really loved before, but Bon Iver changed the way I understood music. Bon Iver’s self-titled album totally opened the world of possibility for me. I love that Justin Vernon is constantly evolving, does what he wants, does unexpected collaborations, is a true artist. Everything he touches has such a haunting beauty. The way he uses words, melodies, instrumentation, it’s like he’s painting with sound and feeling, and that really impacted me.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Yes, quite a few -- One where I was the only girl in a band with 4 guys, which was challenging in some ways, wonderful in others. Briefly, a girl band with friends, and it is always my dream to do that again. They were always indie/alternative. The main bands I’ve been in are both duos. Grace in the Woods with Neem Wood when I was younger, and now a new project with my current musical partner Kerry Fogarty. I like duos because they challenge us to keep it interesting by swapping instruments, harmonizing, looping, bringing in beats and live programing, etc.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
I think it’s always been my way of having a voice. I was always shy, and had a hard time standing up for myself when I was younger. But writing a song felt like such a powerful thing. People listen to songs differently, it’s a more intimate route to other people’s hearts and minds. So I always felt like music was where I could reclaim my voice and power. Say anything I struggled to in life. Art is also the place where I feel that I can shine a more beautiful light on experiences in my life that have felt ugly or senseless. It feels like an opportunity to wrap them in meaning, or create a larger story around them, give color and substance.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
So many of Lana Del Rey’s songs. She is such a brilliant writer, an icon. She captures something about the feminine experience that I have always wished I could put into words. Desire, objectification, romance, glamor, faith - her songs feel like looking through old magazines. They’re a mix of caricature and very true. So vivid and rich with images. If I had to pick, ‘Cola’ or ‘Money, Power, Glory’.
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
There were shows early on, when I was much younger, and had that raw, young energy, that were just so energetic and thrilling. It was so much fun to lead a crowd when I had that type of energy. That’s such an exhilarating, powerful feeling, when you can whip the energy in the room up into something really wild. Later on, some of the people I got to work with and collaborate with at Love Conquered, were such a gift. I love learning from others and hearing advice from people who have been in the industry for a long time. Everything was new to me then, so I wish I could go back and hear it again - now that I understand some of what they were telling me, in my own experience.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
I would love the experience of slipping into an ensemble band like Arcade Fire, or Alt-J. I saw Alt J play a few years ago, and they all stood in a line on stage for the whole show. It was so egalitarian, there wasn’t a ‘frontman’ in the way we are used to with bands. It was so refreshing and so cool; they were this powerful, well-oiled unit. I would love to share a stage, slip into a group like that for a night.
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
I’ve always wanted to collaborate with an artist who sings and plays guitar, in the style of Two Feet or Ben Khan. The guitar parts are so sexy, like another voice, sometimes taking over the hook. That would be so much fun to play with.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I’m honestly loving and embracing the flux in the music industry right now. There is so much room for creativity and reach online, and I’m excited to continue to explore that. I love that you can have a feeling, record a song, and upload - the freedom and spontaneity that allows. I know I’ll continue to write and record, and play live in some capacity, but I have no idea what it will look like. It feels like there is complete freedom to build your creative corner in a way that works for you now.
Grace Amulet's new single 'Look How It Fell' is available to stream now. Check it out below.