This Is Where Our Hearts Collide
by Amandine on FatCat Records
Swedish four-piece Amandine were picked up from an amazing demo received in May 2004. The results of over a year of conversations, 'This Is Where Our Hearts Collide', the bands debut Long Player, provides a great introduction to Amandine's plaintive, sweet and achingly beautiful songwriting. Influenced and inspired by both classic indie and traditional American Folk music, and with a perhaps more apparent inclination towards Alt. Country / Americana acts such as Songs:Ohia, Damien Jurado, Iron and Wine, or Crosby Stills Nash and Young, they nevertheless retain a keen sense of self, their songs perhaps reflecting more than anything a sense of rural space, a reflective ideology, and a natural leaning towards simply playing from the heart. 'This Is Where Our Hearts Collide' is nothing less than a solid body of deftly arranged songs; graceful, affecting and emotive, as rich and expressive in melody as it is in lyrical sentiment.
Amandine formed back in 2001 in a small town in Sweden called Sandviken, originally playing under the name 'Wichita Linemen'. The initial line-up included Olof Gidlof on vocals, Andreas Wengelin (bass), John Andersson (piano/accordian) and Dan-Erik Westerlind (drums). They went on to record a couple of early demo's which has led to a long-standing partnership with Ove Andersson, now the engineer / producer of choice for the band. After illness, family commitments and difficulties of geographical distance, Andreas and Dan left the band in 2003, to be replaced by good friends Andreas "Bosse" Hedstrom (bass) and Andreas Bergqvist (drums), a move that firmly rooted the band in their new home Umea, allowing them more time to write, rehearse, and record. In Autumn 2004 the band changed it's name to Amandine, moved to Malmo and in Spring 2005 signed to FatCat.
'This Is Where Our Heats Collide' was recorded by Ove Andersson at his Maraccas studio in Gefle, Sweden in may 2005. Coming from a strong, hook-based songwriting tradition, Amandine sound is based around melancholic yet stirring melodies played on piano, guitars and accordian, with brass and string additions, and simple yet hugely effective bass and drums. Above this, Olof Gidlof's vocal sits beautifully, backed at times with some gentle vocal harmonies.
We believe this album provides a striking introduction to a great new band with vast potential. The album is preceded by a 3 track seven inch single, 'Halo', which includes two exclusive tracks.