Ambré’s 'who’s loving you?' EP Is a Lush Vignette of Her Sound
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Grammy award-winning songwriter Ambré wants to know who’s loving you?, and her new EP will tug and twist at your heartstrings ‘til you tell her.
“MUSE FREESTYLE” introduces us to the lush landscape of who’s loving you? with a shower of nature sounds washing over jazzy electric piano chords. It’s ambient and inviting, setting the tone for Ambré’s understated excellence. She really lets “MUSE FREESTYLE” flourish as a stream-of-consciousness, flowing freestyle piece. The song finds itself before our eyes. Piece by piece, electronic percussion builds a rhythmic identity, discovering groove in tandem with meaning.
“ELEVATE” highlights a vocal feature by Mack Keane, whose delivery perfectly complements Ambré’s. His velvety tone is flowing, yet clean, never failing to glide right through a note, while Ambré’s voice drips with emotion, playing with depth and color. The arrangement gets to saunter a bit on “ELEVATE,” building up but leaving room for the keys to wander and cascade through chord progressions.
A distant phone ringing at the tail end of “ELEVATE” signals us into “ONE CALL AWAY,” a clever little easter egg woven into the flow of the project. “ONE CALL AWAY” still lives in the sonic landscape of who’s loving you? but spirals with lively experimentation. Ambré spins us into a hyperpop-adjacent beat, maintaining the chill sonic qualities of the EP but adopting the breathless pace of this pop genre. Listeners experience moments of this fervor alongside Ambré, getting glimpses of panic interlaced with desire. Going even further to pair sultry layers of harmonies with overdriven, distorted vocals, “ONE CALL AWAY” is an expansive, vibrant track.
“BAD HABITS” takes a step into sensuality with a sultry bassline, while “PT. II (DRAKE & DRIVE)” closes out the EP with the slow burn of a past lover on your mind. Ambré’s searching, satiny melodies coast over ambient percussion, and rhythmic shifts in her vocals create a rap-like cadence in the pace of her narrative. It feels both like an apology and an outpouring of longing; the melodies are achingly melancholy even while Ambré’s sureness lingers in the dissonance.
who’s loving you? is richly woven with texture, emotion, and intricate nods to Ambré’s influences. Throughout the expanse of the EP, listeners can truly get to know the depth of the artist and the blossoming shift in her sound.
Listen to who’s loving you? below: