Video Premiere:

Amber Arcades

“Can’t Say That We Tried”


words by tom johnson

photograph by nick helderman


“Sometimes when I’m bored I just randomly click when I get a notification that someone likes my page. Like a kind of market research I tell myself cos I can’t accept that maybe I’m just a creepy internet stalker yet. This one day I clicked and I came on the Facebook profile of this guy Don and he had a link to his Vimeo page and since I was really bored I clicked further on that and then I saw he made some pretty amazing stuff.

I especially liked this video he had made of an aquarium with dreamy fish. The week after my label guy told me it would be good to have a video for this song and I just thought about this fishy video. Like how the fish just float around, not knowing that there is this whole world outside of this aquarium, it’s beautiful but also kind of sad, which is how I feel about this song. So I asked Don if he’d be into making an edit of his material to fit the song and shot some extra footage of me singing the tune to mix up with it. Like Sinead O’Connor vids kinda. I love how it all turned out and I love how the whole thing was kind of born out of a coincidence, like me clicking that notification that time. The magic of this internet world.”

As introductions go, Annelotte De Graaf’s welcoming of her new video for “Can’t Say That We Tried” is a suitably thorough effort for a song that is indeed both sad and beautiful. Lifted from Amber Arcades’ new Cannonball EP, which is released at the start of June via Heavenly, the track’s four minutes offer a weighty, burned-out four-minutes, the rough stabs of guitar are juxtaposed by De Graaf’s swooning voice which is perhaps as compelling here as it’s ever been.

Released in a rather glamorous sandwich between their recent shows supporting Grandaddy and a decent handful of UK/European over the next few weeks (see full dates below), the new video is a surprisingly poignant accompaniment, the glowing, simmering power of the song taking on new shapes and forms in the murky world of the fish tank. You can watch the new video below right now; and grab a pre-order of the new EP right here.

Pre-order the ‘Cannonball’ EP here, via Heavenly Records

Live dates:

28th Apr – London, The Finsbury
29th Apr – Leeds, Live at Leeds
30th Apr Manchester The Old Pint Pot – Sounds From The Other City
30th Apr – Liverpool, Invisible Wind Factory – FestEvol Gardens 2017
04th May – Italy, Bologna, Covo Club
05th May – Italy, Firenze, Glue
06th May Italy, Pordenone, Astro Club
07th May – Italy, Milan, Magnolia
20th May – Netherlands, Amsterdam, EYE Filmmuseum
26th Aug – Totnes – Sea Change 2017/Heavenly Takeover
16th Sep – Blackburn Holy Trinity Church – Confessional 17



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