A New Way by Amy Clarke

LISTEN TO AMY’s MUSIC ON SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/amyclarke/ 

Album Review  From Alex Ramon of Boycotting Trends in the UK:

http://boycottingtrends.blogspot.com/2017/09/cd-review-new-way-by-amy-clarke-2017.html

CD Review: A New Way, by Amy Clarke (2017)

Though composed and developed over a number of years, the thirteen carefully crafted songs that make up Amy Clarke’s debut album A New Way form a compelling and cohesive whole. As its title suggests, this is a record that’s concerned with transition and change – its difficulties, challenges, opportunities – and Clarke approaches the theme from a variety of perspectives, offering character portraits, relationship confessionals and spiritual ruminations while sustaining an intimate, confiding tone throughout.

A single, stark piano note ushers in the arresting opener “Rain Come Round”: the song then picks up pace with rolling percussion and an urgent vocal as Clarke anticipates a tempest to come: “Tornados, I have lived where they land/ But this time I am not frightened/I have built a better border/and I’m safe here from your storm.”

A New Way is indeed heavily piano-based: the classically trained Clarke is a versatile and creative player who combines jazz, rock, pop and classical elements in her arrangements. Liner note thanks expressed to Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan (with whom Clarke has collaborated) feel apt; in fact, at times the album seems to set up a warm sisterly dialogue with Amos’s just-released latest record, Native Invader [review], in its potent exploration of feminist and ecological themes. The connection is especially evident on the beautiful centrepiece “Between the Ice and the Ocean”, with its “Reindeer King”-evoking imagery, and on  “We Are the Web,” an ardent plea for unity between humans and the natural world: “we must listen to each other/listen to our Mother/to heal her and to make her whole.”

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More here at link: http://boycottingtrends.blogspot.com/2017/09/cd-review-new-way-by-amy-clarke-2017.html

A New Way on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-new-way/id1275973364

All music by Amy Clarke on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/amy-clarke/id159679346

 

 

 

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A New Way by Amy Clarke

2017 First Harvest – Resistance, Persistence, March For Truth, “A New Way” studio ALBUM out by end of year! 

2017 has been a busy year of active resistance, relentless persistence, and divine timing – am excited to share that I just received the final mastered copy of my long-awaited “A New Way” studio album and will release it to the world by the end of this year! 

After the powerful #womensmarch in January, the first half of 2017 was focused on activism, leadership in spiritual retreats such as Cross Pollinate in LA & Gaia Grove in Baja, Mexico, and partnering with new colleagues at The Hollywood Bowl, all the while writing music & performing. However, my heart still ached for the lost files from my studio sessions over the last decade, trying again to recover files from crashed hard drives to no avail… (or so it first seemed…)


In June, I was honored to be invited both to share my own music and give a speech on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall at the #MarchForTruth LA alongside Congressman Brad Sherman, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and numerous other inspiring activists, community leaders, and artists. I shared my experience as a musician running for local office and winning, eventually becoming Co-Chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, and reminding everyone to get involved on the issues that matter to them, while making sure to take time for self-care and recharging. It was a powerful day of action and activism with sister marches around the country and world, and I look forward to more to come! 


Then, at July’s new moon, I refocused efforts on finishing my studio album, & thanks to excellent partners at 4th St Recording in Santa Monica, we finally revived all the sessions I have been recording since 2009! Combining newer songs along with the larger project suspended in time has resulted in “A New Way” coming to life, albeit in quite a dramatic and unexpected manner, and I look forward to a worldwide release this fall.

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Thank you and gratitude to all who have supported my music and activism all these years! More info on the pre-release and album ordering later in August! 

Love Is The Way,

Amy

2017 First Harvest – Resistance, Persistence, March For Truth, “A New Way” studio ALBUM out by end of year! 

dreaming of the international grand piano tour…

“if you knew how long I have been anticipating…” http://www.amyclarke.com tour dates coming soon… for now, get tickets for Saturday, October 24 special 2PM concert at Fais Do Do in West LA opening for Starhawk and her 2015 “Stories for the New Era” workshop , followed by a community meal and then a Samhain Ritual led by Reclaiming Los Angeles…https://www.eventbrite.com/e/starhawk-2015-la-halloween-spiral-dance-workshop-tickets-17994828015?aff=erelexpcat

recent clips:
https://instagram.com/p/3eIIX8K0mr/

https://instagram.com/p/3dCXueq0nX/

“Beautiful, magical, original”
Mary Ishimoto Morris, writer for The Washington Post

“Magnificent singer/songwriter/keyboardist”
Peter Quinones, Editor, Alternative World Fanzine

“a gifted musician with a lovely voice”
The Eclectic Collection: A Celebration of Women in Music

“accomplished, amazing, and really going places”
Larry Wines, Tied to The Tracks Radio, Acoustic Americana Music Guide

“(her) strength and vulnerability are truly compelling”
Annette Conlon, Nette Radio

“full of dark, quirky and experimental sounds and complex lyrics”
Pete Harris, Indie Sounds NY / Harris Radio

“a wicked piano player and a fantastic songwriter”
Drew Brody, Baskethouse, M-Lab

dreaming of the international grand piano tour…