Genres:Folk, Easy Listening, Country - Alternative, Electronic - Lounge/Chillout, Jazz - JazzPop/Light Jazz, Jazz - 20’s - 40’s, Alternative Pop, Pop - Adult Contemporary, Rock - Roots Rock, Rock - Alternative Pop , World - Island, Latin - Brazilian - Bossa Nova
Amanda Thorpe's work has won her an enviable reputation for emotionally forthright performances and organically intimate, effortlessly accessible songcraft. With Promenade, her most recent collection of songs, the English-born, New York-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist raises the stakes again to take on a new set of creative challenges, and emerges with her most inspired and accomplished music yet.
Such musically and emotionally resonant new tunes as "Monica Says," "Bar Tabac," "Waking Up In Brooklyn" and "Goodbye" exemplify Thorpe's moody melodicism, lyrical insight and bitter-sweetly evocative vocals. The latter song—a spare solo performance with ukulele—showcases the intimate expressiveness of Thorpe's voice, which is the perfect vehicle for her songs' explorations of love, loss and longing. Thorpe's singing is equally persuasive on her uplifting reading of the Harold Arlen/Yip Harburg pop standard "It's Only A Paper Moon," whose message of romance and faith makes it an ideal match for her own compositions.
This mix of live band recordings and self tracked songs provide a suprizingly easy shift between the two settings, a little like Thorpe and her songs that move fluidly between the initmate and the public, so keenly captured by Variety.com “Thorpe balances brassiness and vulnerability with panache.”
Thorpe’s work has been described as "gorgeously wistful and intensely poignant" and her recordings have featured notable guests Graham Nash and Martha Wainwright, and Tony Scherr. She co-produced her last two albums with Brad Albetta (the McGarrigle Sisters, Teddy Thompson) and Don Piper (Don Piper Situation, Bedsit Poets, Ed Rogers). Amanda has received rave reviews in Billboard magazine, People Magazine, The Boston Globe to name a few.
The qualities that make Promenade so memorable will already be familiar to anyone familiar with Thorpe's prior work, which includes her acclaimed solo efforts Mass, Union Square and Too Many Spirits, as well as her collaborative work as a member of the Wirebirds and the Bedsit Poets.