Nottingham five-piece Amber Run released debut album 5am, on 20th April through RCA Victor.
The album was produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Two Door Cinema Club, Foals, Jake Bugg) and recorded in Livingston Studios, North London. Hear the title track below.
To celebrate the release of their album, each of the band have selected some of their inspirational and favourite tracks, in the form of following playlist, exclusively for Fred Perry Subculture, with selections in the order by members Will, Felix, Tom, Henry, Joe.
Angel - Massive Attack
One of the biggest album openers of all time. This song is so dark and so heavy by the end, absolute carnage.
Wash. - Bon Iver
Possibly my all-time favourite song from possibly my all-time favourite album. People always call Justin Vernon a modern day folk icon but I think he is so much more than that. I don’t think there’s even an acoustic guitar on this record.
The Mighty Rio Grande - This Will Destroy You
If you can spare the 11-odd minutes this song might just change your life. These guys are a huge influence on us, and to top it off if you listen to it with headphones on a journey it turns your whole life into an indie film.
Lions On The Beach - Cloud Boat
A genuinely delightful listen with its stuttering garage beats and lush soundscapes. I simply can’t get enough of them lush soundscapes. Also, there’s no way to describe electronic music without sounding like a pretentious uni student, but I guess that’s sort of what I am in a way?
No Me, No You, No More - The Staves
I first heard The Staves when I saw them supporting James Vincent McMorrow in a Brighton church. The acoustics were everything you could dream of to suit their voices. A delightful listen.
Mac Demarco - Let Her Go
Despite the fact that lyrically its quite bleak. Its got that ‘Real Estate’ , ‘DIIV’ surf music thing going on and its melts your ears like warm butter. Go team Mac.
R.E.M - Radio Free Europe
The 80’s R.E.M records are so underrated, Murmur and Document are classics and were a gateway for bands like The Pixies, Nirvana and the Replacements. Without Pete Buck would there be a Johnny Marr? Hmmmm.
Deerhunter - Coronado
I listened to Halcyon Digest on repeat when it came out. Its just full of really solid tunes, I wish i could put the whole album on here. I went to see them at Shepherds Bush Empire back in 2011 and it blew my mind.
Alvvays - Archie Marry Me
It’s like a more relaxing and toned down ‘Yuck’. Its super solid and how can you not sing along to this?!
No Kind Words - The Maccabees
I’ve never really been massively in to The Maccabees, but I remember hearing this song and was just instantly hooked on it. It has this really dark feel - the vocals and drums on it are astonishing.
Lucky - Radiohead
This album is an unquestionable masterpiece, and this is the best song on it. Pure genius
Sowing Season - Brand New
The opening track on my favourite album of all time, just absolutely comes at you. It’s far from subtle, but absolutely monstrous in the best way possible.
Your New Twin Sized Bed - Death Cab For Cutie
Death Cab are an old favourite, but an endlessly listenable band. This is a great road trip song, great, chilled vibes.
Foals - Inhaler
I remember the first time I heard this song, Tom came back from a lecture and showed it to me when we were at University. I'm still blown away by the chorus - it's massive.
Maceo and the Macks - Cross the Tracks
Put this on and anyone will start to boogie. Always.
God Put a Smile On Your Face - Coldplay
I used to have a playlist that i listened to when I walked home from my bar job at 6am. This was the first song on it - so it soundtracked my first weary steps to bed as the sun came up.
Perfect Ruin - Kwabs
Heard the song and it stopped me in my tracks. What a voice. Something truly beautiful about it. Something I can’t put my finger on.
A Case of You - Joni Mitchell
My mum plays the album at home sometimes so it always makes me think of my family. Heard she was ill and so listened to Blue in full. It’s a masterpiece. Everyone in the world should own a copy. I hope you get better Joni.
How Could You Babe - Tobias Jesso Jnr.
So into this tune. What an absolute belter. Only just stumbled on it this week so have no tear jerking story about how much it means to me yet. But get back to me - shouldn’t take long.