New Music Friday
Here are our highlights from today's release schedule.
Ticketmaster New Music is a carefully curated selection, showcasing artists we are expecting to make waves in the live music scene. Working closely with record labels, live event promoters and talent agents, our in-house experts handpick the most exciting emerging music.
Incredibly well-travelled New York resident Amber Mark made waves in 2017 with her debut release 3:33am, a collection of seven songs related directly to the stages of grief. The mini-album followed the death of her mother, a parent who had opened the world up to her daughter. Homeschooled and near-nomadic, Amber Mark found herself exposed to vibrant cultures, the impact of which is evident across her sound.
It’s no surprise that on new EP Conexão Amber delivers a reimagining of Sade’s Love Is Stronger Than Pride. Mark’s voice, not least on the record’s title track and the sublime Love Me Right carries the same global charm that continues to separate Sade from the pack. In fact, when approaching Sade for permission to interpret Love Is Stronger Than Pride in her own way, Amber Mark was met with mutual respect and support.
Amber Mark blends together R&B and pop melodies, and as has been repeatedly said about the young singer, does so with little fanfare. As with many of the world’s leading vocalists, it’s her subtle tones that lead the way. Mark sways between the sultry, the impassioned and the pained. On 3:33am she easily embodies the stages of grief, from depression to anger and ultimate acceptance. On Conexão she speaks of love. With the latter, she opens herself up.
Creatively, Amber Mark strives forward on her own terms. Her career began with Logic, having struggled to find an appropriate producer for her sound. Other than the Sade cover, which she still places her definitive stamp on, Mark celebrates total creative control. She wrote, produced and even performed every element of Conexão. There’s a fierce independence that runs throughout her sound, borne out of her atypical upbringing and subsequent personal trauma.
Conexão continues to build on the foundations laid by 3:33am. Whereas her first release looked for emotional release by laying her pain bare, her latest EP invites other to find connections (the EP’s title translates from Portuguese as just that). It takes the difficulties of life and finds the perfect melodies and sounds to represent them.
Conexão lead single Love Me Right sees Amber Mark at her most soulful.
Taken from her 3:33am debut, Monsoon soundtracks Amber Mark’s grief following the passing of her mother.
Lose My Cool, also taken from 3:33am showcases Amber Mark’s global inspirations.
UK fans will have the opportunity to see Amber Mark live when she supports Leon Bridges on his tour. She’ll also be joining him on his mainland European dates.
23 October 2018 – Neue Theaterfabrik, Munich, Germany
24 October 2018 – Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
25 October 2018 – Docks, Hamburg, Germany
27 October 2018 – Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, Norway
28 October 2018 – Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden
29 October 2018 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
1 November 2018 – Afas Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2 November 2018 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
5 November 2018 – O2 Academy, Bristol, UK
7 November 2018 – Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
9 November 2018 – O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
11 November 2018 – O2 Institute, Birmingham, UK
12 November 2018 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
14 November 2018 – Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
15 November 2018 – O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
17 November 2018 – O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK
Tickets for Amber Mark’s UK dates are on sale now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.