British artist and composer Robert Burbidge releases second single ‘Amarillo’ ahead of debut album.
New single is a raw and powerful new single, brilliantly updating the shoe-gaze genre.
“The lyrical approach was inspired by dreamers muttering in their sleep while living in another world somewhere in ‘REM stage 5 sleep-land’. In Amarillo, the dreamer is driving in the slow lane of a highway between Amarillo Texas and LA, reminiscing about past times”
British artist and composer Robert Burbidge releases his latest single ‘Amarillo,’ a dreamy, powerful and evocative indie track ahead of his debut album later this year.
‘Amarillo’ is yet more proof that Robert Burbidge is an artist to watch out for as he moves away from his funk and soul roots into indie/rock territory. Like his previous single ‘Still Life,’ Yorkshire composer Burbidge pulls together a trans-Atlantic cast on ‘Amarillo.’
Once more, US artist Winter is the spark behind the music as she’s responsible for the original keys, guitar, bass and lyrics. And, of course, the dreamy vocals.
“The lyrical approach was inspired by dreamers muttering in their sleep while living in another world somewhere in ‘REM stage 5 sleep-land,’” says Winter. “In Amarillo, the dreamer is driving in the slow lane of a highway between Amarillo Texas and LA, reminiscing about past times.” The breathy vocals bring real colour to the lyrics and the nu-gaze/shoe-gaze tone of the track. The collaborations don’t stop there, however, as ‘Amarillo’ then gets a rock and growl injection thanks to guitar lines from Joel Martin (LA) and Ian Stanford. Joel Martin is an LA guitarist and pedal steel player who’s performed with dozens of acts including Stone Sour and is set to feature heavily on the new album.
Ian Stanford meanwhile is a prolific player who’s worked with big-name clients including the FIFA World Cup, Emirates and CNN. And together they give ‘Amarillo’ it’s rocky edge.
Robert and long-time collaborator Steve Gligorovic then arranged, engineered and produced ‘Amarillo’ before handing over to Grammy-nominated engineer Dennis Moody to master the single at his LA studios. And as Robert explains, they help bring the whole project together to create its own sound.
“It’s equal parts neo-psychedelic California mixed with a UK nu-gaze vibes and floaty electronica.” And together they thrillingly create Amarillo’s ‘lucid dream’ sound.
‘Amarillo’ is the second track to be released ahead of the new album ‘Blood and Tumbleweed’ due for release later this year.
Their first track ‘Still Life’ picked up positive reviews, sales and streams from new fans worldwide and also found a famous fan in Tom Findlay from Groove Armada. And like ‘Amarillo,’ it marked a bold new sonic direction for Robert Burbidge as he explores indie rock soundscapes.
‘Amarillo’ will be released on Friday 4th February with the full ‘Blood and Tumbleweed’ album to follow in 2022.