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Review: Amber Run – Just My Soul Responding

Having formed in 2012, Amber Run already boast an impressive collection of achievements. The five-piece indie pop band, who met at the University of Nottingham, have made numerous festival appearances (including Reading and Leeds), received recognition on BBC Radio 1 from Zane Lowe and Fearne Cotton and have built up quite the following after touring with Kodaline and Lewis Watson.

And it looks like 2015 is going to be even bigger and better for Amber Run, with the release of their debut album, which is being produced by Mike Crossey (Foals, Jake Bugg, The 1975) and Sam Winfield.

The first single to be taken from the album is “Just My Soul Responding” – a powerful anthem brimming with raw emotion. There’s a real passion that shines through on the track, as lead singer Joe Keogh belts out the chorus in his Bastille-esque tone: “And it’s just my soul responding to the happy heart of holding, and it’s just my soul responding to the love you took from me.” The vocals are backed by soft keys and a powerful, thumping drum beat, as well as some strong harmonies that are bound to send a shiver down your spine.

Accompanying the track is a poignant music video, which follows the story of an underground fighter losing sight of what he loves. Rather than fighting for his relationship with his girlfriend, he fights for money, and tension builds between the couple. The video ends on a cliffhanger, which is set to be concluded in another episode coming soon.

Amber Run’s “Just My Soul Responding” is released on Monday, January 19th, 2015, on RCA Victor. The band embark on a seven-date UK tour in February. Further details can be found on their official website.

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