Ambiguously titled, US tackles both personal relationships and their relationship with America. This is AMP at their most tender and angry, passionate and poignant.
Don’t be scared by the dense nocturnal cityscape of “Opening”: Listen on, there are many delights both dark and sweet in store.
“Get Here” is a rush of pure Post-Punk adrenaline, singer Karine Charff’s voice sensually nonchalant and teasing in sharp contrast to the political rage of the words she’s delivering.
“Implosion” tugs at heartstrings with its theme of fragility in love and life. Dreamy but never saccharin, the prettiness of its acoustic guitars and hypnotic washes of Farfisa organ never quite dispels the underlying sense of menace.
“Yousay” builds from jagged fragments of guitar to a song-monster possessing the epic scope of Prog
but with the pomposity gene removed.
There isn’t a lazy moment here. Extremes are juxtaposed – from the calm- before-the-storm reverie of “Will You, I’m Lost” to the sassy sax and driven punk- jazz of “Endgame”. Multi-textured and multi-layered, US has taken AMP to new heights both of accessibility and abstraction.
This album features alongside Richard Walker
(aka Richard Amp) and Karine Charff:
Marc Challans (Fraud), Ray Dickaty (ex. Spiritualized),
Donald Ross Skinner (Julian Cope/Kiosk).
released February 21, 2005
Amp – Richard Amp, Karine Charff,
with - Donald Ross Skinner, Marc Challans, Ray Dickaty
Engineering Assistance – Ben Amesbury
Executive Production – Dave Pearce, Tom Nicolson
All Lyrics By – RIchard Amp (tracks: 1 to 9)
Mastered By – Denis Blackham
Producer – Amp, Richard Amp
Recorded By [Hilly Studios] – Richard Walker
Recorded By [Notepad Studios] – Donald Ross Skinner
Recorded By [Fraud's Collapsible
Recording Facilities] – Marc Challans
Sleeve – Tournesol Design/RFW at FouldsWalker DESIGN
Vocals – Karine Charff (tracks: 1 to 5, 7, 10)
Written-By – Richard Amp (tracks: 1 to 9), Donald Ross Skinner (tracks: 1, 9), Karine Charff (tracks: 1, 2, 9, 10), Marc Challans (tracks: 1, 2, 5, 9, 10), Ray Dickaty (tracks: 6, 7), Richard Amp (tracks: 1 to 9)
Amp is an electronic post rock band formed by Richard F. Walker (aka Richard Amp) in 1992, after a 2 year hiatus Amp
resurfaced with French vocalist Karine Charff, and a succession of floating collaborators.
MC Strong: "Occupying musical territory somewhere between shoegazing and the Bristol 'Trip Hop' sound, AMP had created a work of sweeping soundscapes, echoing ambience and waves of feedback."...more