Artist Watch: Amenta's Sacred Places

Thursday, September 15, 2011

While coasting through Bandcamp the other night, I came upon an artist named Amenta and was intrigued by the album art of her debut EP, Sacred Places. I mean, just look at it. Art, baby, ART. Of course I was drawn into what this was going to sound like, and well, pictures do speak a thousand words, as the London-bred artist, is just as interesting as her cover art implies. Sacred Places, though five tracks short, contains some deep electronic/dub-step vibes so fans of fellow Brits like James Blake and Jamie Woon might find a female perspective on this emerging sound quite a refresher. Amenta reminds me of a dreamier, more subdued Santigold with a bit of Ultra Nate and Bjork influence for good measure. A "grad" from the Red Bull Music Academy, Amenta is quite the intellectual as she discusses in depth the background of almost each track on Sacred Places and her influences as seen in the interview here.

If you do anything today, take in her rendition of "Stormy Weather", which takes the standard immortalized by both Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne, and flips the script on it by adding in some ambiance, a bit of electronic intrusions, and amazingly still keeping the tone and spirit of jazz vocalist gone by. Amenta herself described it as "Radiohead meets Billie Holiday" and boy, she's not telling a fib. Very excellent rendition. So soak in the sounds below and if you like what you hear you can purchase Sacred Places and get to know Amenta a bit better by hopping over to her Bandcamp page.

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