New York based singer, songwriter and producer Amber Mark releases ‘1894’, the third track from her ongoing series of fortnightly covers and originals titled ‘Covered-19’. The series has seen Amber release a new track entirely self-produced and recorded from her NYC flat every two weeks during the lockdown alongside a home-made visual and started with a cover of Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ that Stereogum calls “a radical reimagining”.
The trap-infused ‘1894’ is a stylistic shift from the soulful ‘Waiting (Demo)’ that preceded it in the series, highlighting Amber’s ability to draw on a range of genres. “This song is 100% Woman Power” says Amber; “I got a little tipsy during quarantine and wrote a song about going out dancing/ to the club as a woman.”
Amber has been keen to remain productive during the current global pandemic and resulting self-isolation; “For me, making music in the Covid-19 quarantine has probably been the only positive to come out of a tragedy like this. All the pressure I normally feel when working on music is lifted. And I just have this ‘f**k it’ mentality. People get to really see you in your most bare state and vice versa. That’s the beauty in the music I’m making right now. It’s just me whipping up whatever I’m feeling. Keeping it minimal has been the key mentality for me and just having fun with it. I used to stress so much about visuals and the message I was sending with my music. I’ve learned a lot about myself already during the quarantine. And hope to keep this mentality going when all of this is finally over.”
Alongside ‘1894’, ‘Waiting (Demo) and ‘Heart-Shaped Box’, Amber also recently released a short cover of The Who’s classic track ‘The Seeker’ on her socials which earned a nod of approval from none other than Pete Townshend, who commented “I’m in shock. So cool. Thank you. You made this your own.”.
The ‘Covered-19’ series follows recent single ‘Generous’; a woozy, bumping bedroom jam laced with strings sampled from Henry Mancini’s ‘Lujon’. The track has already been streamed more than 1 million times alongside support from BBC Radio 1 and playlisting at 1Xtra, while Amber is also a face of Calvin Klein’s new spring campaign. ‘Generous’ comes hot on the heels of a stellar 2019 for Amber that saw her rack up over 100 million combined streams, play Pitchfork Festival and Governor’s Ball and have singles ‘Mixer’ and ‘What If’ playlisted at BBC 1Xtra, while ‘Mixer’ was named one of NPR’s Best Songs of 2019.