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Night Thinker EP: Amy Shark

Night Thinker EP: Amy Shark

Night Thinker EP: Amy Shark

15 July 2017

The combination of Amy Shark's purity of voice and electronic enhancements of her debut EP Night Thinker make for a unique sound.

Reviewed by Emma George

Australian indie pop singer-songwriter Amy Shark released her debut EP Night Thinker in April following her hit single Adore, released in 2016. Night Thinker is a refreshing mix of strong vocals and honest lyrics amplified by electronic drum beats and synth. 

On first hearing Night Thinker, you would be forgiven for mistaking some tracks from recent works of Taylor Swift and Lorde; however, Night Thinker does bring its own unique sound, which is beautiful and easy to listen to. Amy’s voice has an innocence and purity to it that often directly contrasts the electronic enhancements used across the tracks.

Night Thinker also features South Australian rapper Allday on the track Worst Girl. Both artists bring raw emotion to the heartbreaking lyrics, which makes for a beautifully composed anthem for ill-fated love.

Amy’s most recently released single, Weekends, like many of the other tracks, focuses on the small details of love and intimacy and the impact these simple gestures and moments have in the development, or breakdown of a relationship. Weekends also gives a very subtle nod to Somewhere from West Side Story, which further highlights the ideas of love in a complex world.

While I thoroughly enjoyed the listening to Night Thinker, the EP does need to come with a "little-ears" warning, with some dark themes, references to recreational drug and alcohol use and the very occasional explicit word. Several tracks also reinforce the worldly idea that women only have worth when they are in a relationship.

Night Thinker is, however, very honest which is a refreshing quality and Amy’s incredible talent has certainly made me appreciate the tiny details of love a little more while also making me pause to reflect on where my true worth comes from.

Amy Shark’s Night Thinker is available on iTunes for $8.49.  

Emma George attends Box Hill Corps in Victoria. Read her blog at themostcuriousgeorge.com.

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