By Alan Ho
Where: Nashville, TN
For fans of: Eisley, Lana Del Rey, Florence Welch, KT Tunstall
Nashville is still known as the hotbed of country music in spite of a recent deluge of non-country acts emerging out of the Music City and the runaway success of Paramore. But Atlanta transplant Amanda Bantug looks to help with the continued slow reinvention of a city known for the Grand Ole Opry and virtually every country act known to the world.
In comes Bantug, Amanda’s brainchild and a colorful mix of genres, indie rock, pop, R&B contained inside a dreamscape that is written right out of the 1980s that would make luminaries like Duran Duran, Mister Mister and Depeche Mode proud. The Atlanta native’s lyrical sense is one of subtle vulnerability, touching on themes of passion, paranoia, frustration, loneliness, contemplation and intimacy, sometimes even all of that in one song.
Her debut following her move to Nashville, Blue, was released early in 2017 to critical acclaim and some pretty darn good streaming numbers, a key for any indie artist to the tune of over 600,000 plays on Spotify and Soundcloud combined. Her next EP, titled Red will be out on May 25th and continues the decidedly retro but still modern tonality and complex lyrical sense.
To get that sense, take a listen to “Our Apartment,” the first single off of Red! You can also check out new single “Shapes” in the link below: