New artist spotlight: Amanda Easton solidifies her style with new album ‘Wallflower’ [Renaissance Records]

Amanda Easton is anything but new, and YEDM introduced her back in 2017 as a guest artist on Once Around Saturn’s single “These Promises”. Since then she has released an EP called Polaroids and Postcards which is both cheesy and cheesy, impressive and exemplary of the style she has created, which she calls “theatrical electronica pop”.

Easton’s newest project, a full-length album called Wallflower, is even more intense in the theater. The kitsch is gone as Easton wades through the complicated emotions of 2020, from self-awareness to growing up to finding your own strength and the need for personal interaction and connection. Feelings that we can all relate to, quarantine or no.

This album was made in 2020 and had a lot more introspection time than usual. I thought a lot about my lack of confidence and shyness as a teenager. While still having moments of uncertainty, I think how far I’ve come and I would love to go back and tell my younger self to not worry that eventually I would bloom. Teenage me is the wallflower in the title and this album tells stories about events and people from my past.

Although the album is mostly about her past, since last March we can all feel more and more of Easton’s ability to connect with her need for connection. Even so, Wallflower is very interesting musically and Easton’s voice is operational and breathtaking. In a surprising amalgamation of styles, the album is part of Phantom of the Opera, part of Tangerine Dream, and part of Mid-Era The Cure. The album is intense, emotional and complex both sonically and lyrically.

Overall, Wallflower is a good listening experience with many allusions to Easton’s jazz and blues roots. He sets many standards in terms of electronica and pop while maintaining the message and point of view of the artist. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re referring to the lyrics or the stark, almost experimental music. Amanda Easton really seems to get her money’s worth with Wallflower, and it seems she did so by reflecting on her past.

Wallflower is available now from Renaissance Records. Digital and physical copies are available on Bandcamp.

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