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Amber Run – For A Moment, I Was Lost (Dine Alone Records)

Amber Run on Selective Memory

Amber Run returns with a new label and a document to a document to a dark time. For A Moment, I Was Lost is out March 17

I was not sure how to measure the viability of Amber Run’s latest album For A Moment, I Was Lost. It’s not completely apparent this is an album based on stories of mental health. It’s not immediate that low points were a factor beyond temporary hints in the album title and the Depeche Mode-esque short song titles.

For A Moment, I Was Lost is an accessible album. It’s easy to wrap yourself into the music. An alternative pop masterpiece with a glossy sheen from the soothing vocals to the orchestration of the band serving as an accentuation. Having the album produced by Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Cee Lo Green, and others) corresponds to the glistening perfection this album has. But everything that is this album pinpoints to are the events that precedes its creation.

In 2015, the band experienced a phone call that would begin to change their lives. Their label decided to drop the band. But the band was determined to make another album. Mental breakdowns, despair, it was a dark time leading up to their signing with Dine Alone Records.

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For A Moment, I Was Lost is a memoir about the dark moments and a reminder of how the band preservers. After listening to this album, I would bet that their previous label is kicking themselves in the ass because this is by far the best thing they have done.

When the song “Haze” develops, it opens up in processed a cappella and sings about being scared of dying alone and the blue haze that engulfs us at times. This is an example of documenting the struggle if affirmation and mental breakdowns without pointing a self-serving fingers at themselves. They can rock hard on “Perfect” while being subtly intimate on the transcendental “Stranger.”

William S. Burroughs said that you have to be in hell to see heaven. What we see is a rejuvenated and refreshed band who used their dark moments to make a more positive outlook. This album is a monster that will delight any alt rock fan.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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