New Artist Alert - Amy Shark
Amy Shark is a name that you will not be able to escape soon - in the best possible way. Amy Billings, the Australian born and raised artist who goes by Amy Shark, is proof that being yourself works in today's music scene. Just take a quick scroll through her instagram (@amysharkmusic) and count how many times she's flaunting chains or cool designer clothes - I'll wait. Instead, you'll see an artist who's humble, and reps Adidas more than any other brand of clothing.
This humbleness and lack of interest in material possessions is eerily reminiscent to Lorde's rise to fame, who happens to be from the same part of the world (New Zealand). When you listen to Amy's debut EP Night Thinker, you will not find braggadocious lyrics, but rather you'll find an artist speaking on topics that all of us go through at different points in our adult lives. This is evident on her biggest hit track so far 'Adore', when she exclaims during the chorus; "Get me a drink, I get drunk off one sip / Just so I can adore you / I want the entire street out of town / Just so I can be alone with you / Now go when you're ready / My head's getting heavy, pressed against your arm / I adore you, I adore you." We see Amy here completely infatuated with someone, and as the night goes on, she's allowing her emotions to overtake her. She's out on the town, and describing the feeling you have when you're with someone special - it seems as if the entire world isn't there. Or you just wish it wasn't. When asked about 'Adore', Amy said on its meaning; "It's about being hopelessly in love and having the confidence to make a move on those feelings." If this track sonically, emotionally, and lyrically doesn't get you in your feelings, then you're just simply lacking the ability to feel.
Amy's other tracks on the EP include her digging into other raw emotional moments, not stopping with 'Adore'. The intro track on Night Thinker is 'Drive You Mad'; "I remember really liking this person and it wasn’t really the time for them to like me back and I didn’t really give up." This is another one that personally hits me in the gut, which is exactly what Amy is great at; helping unleash and reveal hidden inner emotions we may not be comfortable thinking about. Amy's on record as saying this is her favorite record ever written - and it just may be my favorite as well. Amy delves into her own personal issues on 'Worst Girl'; "There’s been relationships where I have been really bad, not the easiest girlfriend. It’s all my experience that maybe happens to other people as well."
Throughout the rest of the EP, Amy touches on a time when a friendship slowly turned into something more ('Blood Brothers'), a time when she was in a relationship with the other person having a clear path laid out in front of them where as she did not ('Deleted'), and more. Amy's personable, relatable topics along with pristine, beautiful electro pop productions make her an artist that deserves everyone's attention. For those of us in Portland, we are lucky enough to be graced by the singer next week - June 17 at the Doug Fir! Sonically Awkward will be there covering the show and interviewing Amy as well, and there's even some extra coverage I'm working on lining up in addition to all this. You can find a link below to get your $10 tickets to the show - this is one that a year from now you're going to regret missing if you can't make it! Thanks SO MUCH to Johnny and Adam over at Sony Music helping getting this coverage set up!