Though she’d not released solo material since 2012’s Sense, Swede Amanda Mair had kept herself busy working with Azure Blue and Vo PAM, as well as doing what she calls ‘life stuff’. She’s back now with a new record label and new single called Empty Blockings and it’s about time, as far as we’re concerned.
It’s a song that stirs contradictory emotions, with the undulating bassline, emotive strings and piano, and the softly rolling percussion generating a feeling of warmth and safety. Lyrically it explores the extremes of emotions, of longing and a sense of loss. You can see why there were early comparisons with Kate Bush, but Mair is capable of communicating with the listener on a more personal, intimate level than Bush generally does.
She says of the video for the song: “In the music video for ’Empty Blockings’ I wanted to show the feeling of the continuously searchers desperation. The everyday hope for running away from anxiety and sorrow but the faith is to weak and puts you in a circle of running and running until you don’t know what you’re running away from.”
Empty Blockings is out now via Stockholm’s Despotz Records and also features on Mair’s To The Moon EP, it can be streaming on Spotify – be sure to check out the rather wonderful Rush as well! You can find out more about Amanda Mair and her music on her official website
Photo by Kitty Lingmerth