Como una cantautora Folkie metida a tareas poperas electrificadas, así se presenta Amanda Applewood, una colaboradora habitual de The Boy Least Likely To, de quienes toma algo de su frescura a la hora de componer e interpretar temas desenfadados, con algo de acné juvenil y que, en cualquier caso, resultan encantadores. Una bocanada de aire fresco para la escena Indie actual, algo así como una Juliana Hatfield a lo británico y a lo dos mil. Éste es su primer sencillo que aparece como preludio de un álbum que aparecerá en breve y que se puede convertir en una de las sensaciones del Twee de lo que va de año junto con, por ejemplo, The School.
While The Boy Least Likely To were taking forever to record their second album, she was busily writing her own songs, and in the summer she went into the studio with seminal producer Bobby Charm to record three of her favourite ones. Using flutes, recorders and synths, she brought together the sounds of Seventies tv themes with the Eighties girl pop sound of Strawberry Switchblade, Voice of the Beehive and The Waitresses to make an eccentric, literate and charming indie pop record.
Filled with romance and nostalgia, her quintessentially English songs are quirky and sweetly naive, filled with dreamy optimism and bittersweet realism. They bring to mind long summer holidays spent on wet beaches, where rock pools are filled with dark secrets and places like Kent can be just as romantic and exciting as Nashville and New York City. Carving your initials into a school desk with a compass, walking home in the rain, overgrown footpaths and unrequited love. It is as if the songs were written in the last summer holidays after you leave school. At the moment when you suddenly realise for the first time that you have your whole life ahead of you, and you don’t know what to do with it.
She grew up in a small village in Oxfordshire, and spent her formative years reading Nancy Mitford and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, listening to The Sundays and daydreaming about Anthony Andrews in Brideshead Revisited. She lists her influences as Enid Blyton, Kirsty MacColl, Penelope Keith, DH Lawrence, Ronnie Barker, Patricia Leitch, Diana Pullein Thompson, Leslie Caron, The Smiths and Evelyn Waugh.
Her debut single is called ‘Pretend (We’re In Love) and will be released as a limited edition seven inch on Too Young To Die records in March” (MySpace)