Music Review

Exploring thoughts surrounding fear Amycanbe drop their latest single ‘White Slide’. 

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With today’s era of seemingly being able to instantaneously connect with anyone around the world, there can be times when we feel isolated and alone. It is both our need and basic human nature to want to connect with others through the heart. When we lose this connection, typically from a lost relationship or something we may feel too ashamed to openly discuss with others, our perception of the world tends to shrink in size until we are the only ones left alive on a deserted island in our own minds. This feeling of isolation can become crippling when in the form of depression as it holds a grip on the mind that continuously circles around like a never-ending cycle of pain. The freedom from this painful cycle comes when we break down our armor and open ourselves up to living and to life itself by sharing our stories with others. In doing so, we find and connect with others who are experiencing similar challenges in their lives, re-establishing our connection to humanity. In their new single ‘White Slide’, Amycanbe explores the fear mentality surrounding living in isolation with an ethereal and electronica sound.

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Amycanbe is a Cervia, Italy-based dream-pop quartet that consists of Francesca Amati (vocals), Mattia Mercuriali (bass, guitars, keys), Marco Trinchillo (drums, keys) and Mattia “Matta” Dallara (keys). Though they’ve been creating and releasing music since 2002 on a regular basis, Francesca says of all their musical beginnings, “We all played music since we were little. It was probably a way to fit better in this world. As a band, we found each other through music; we were listening to each other’s projects and decided that we could happily work together.” They draw their musical inspirations from such legendary acts across the genre spectrum including Nina Simone, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Portishead, Aphex Twin, and David Bowie. Amati adds, “Each one of us listens to very different music and we like very much to influence each other with different tastes. I would say from Major Lazer to Bach, from Nina Simone to the Black Sabbath.” When asked about their origins as a band and their name, Francesca replies, “We just wanted a name which sounded musical, something like Supercalifragilisticexpialitocious but easier. Amycanbe came out starting from that idea. The band was formed in 2005. We started in three, playing in a little garage without daring to play live. Then a trumpet player came to join us and we found the courage to challenge ourselves a little bit more and organized a gig. It was great!”

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Their single ‘White Slide’ features Francesca’s soft and tender vocals mixed with a hard-hitting bass, a wobbling bassline groove, and complemented with intricate yet subtle production elements that combine into an ethereal and cosmic journey. Amycanbe themselves explain, ” ‘White Slide’ is a song originally started as an instrumental demo by Marco Trinchillo for a dance side-project. When Francesca Amati heard it, she immediately felt she wanted to sing and wrote the lyrics.” Amanti further reveals, “The song was born after I moved to a little town in the mountain. The community was a bit closed and I started questioning about all the little obsessions and paranoias connected to living isolated. I felt that this song was a way to reach the outside world. I had to find a way to manifest the enclose world I ended up living in.”

Wondering what insights this Italian quartet band might have, I asked If there was a single message that they would want to put out there to make the world the kind of place that they would aspire to live in, what would that message be and why they thought that message is so important, Amati responds, “Trust the differences and be inspired by changes and new intelligent minds coming from all over the world. The fear of the other is the worst thing a human being can feel. It generates hate and anger. Everyone is responsible to understand differences and to welcome them as treasures. As a musician, I am responsible for a message of conscious living.”