British combo Amber Run deliver lush, cinematic alt-pop with a moody and introspective tone. Signing with RCA a year after their formation, a series of EPs paved the way for their dramatic 2015 debut, 5AM. A modest U.K. chart success, its follow-up, For a Moment, I Was Lost, fared similarly in 2017, after which the group continued to explore new sounds with another EP and several singles.
Singer/guitarist Joe Keogh, guitarist Will Jones, and bassist Tom Sperring were old friends from grammar school who later met keyboardist Henry Wyeth and drummer Felix Archer at the University of Nottingham, where they formed the band in 2012. An early break put Amber Run on the BBC Introducing Stage at the Reading Festival, and by the end of 2013 they’d signed a deal with RCA Records. Under their new contract, they quickly delivered their debut EP, Noah, in early 2014. Two more EPs (Spark and Pilot) followed in quick succession before Amber Run announced they’d completed their debut album, 5AM, with producer Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Keane). Behind singles like “I Found” and “Just My Soul Responding,” the album reached number 36 on the U.K. albums chart upon its 2015 release. A pair of new singles, “Haze” and “Stranger,” arrived in 2016 in advance of their follow-up album, For a Moment, I Was Lost, which was released in early 2017. Continuing to expand their sound, Amber Run‘s 2018 EP, The Assembly, featured a pair of lush, mostly choral tracks in “The Weight” and “Amen.” The fuzzier, more rock-driven “Carousel” single rounded out their year. The moody 2019 track “Affection” again leaned in a more orchestral direction.