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March 9, 2018

Ama: “Love Demons”

By: Jack Anderson

For the next two weeks, Song of the Day exclusively brings you artists playing SXSW 2018 (official and unofficial) 

Amassed around the offerings of Austin-based songwriter and visual artist Blair Robbins, local four-piece Ama hasn’t faced much difficulty winning over listeners with their brand of distorted, noise-heavy rock. Though three of Ama’s four hail from the original Milezo lineup, Ama’s aural landscape provides something much different. Complementing the work of legends like Neil Young, Courtney Barnett and Elliott Smith, Ama’s sound wanders from stark ambience to country swing to soulful grooves and pop melodies all in the same session.

Ama dropped their debut EP Losing Less late last year, and today they unveil their sophomore EP, Trilogy – three songs each with an accompanying painting created by Robbins. Ama celebrates the release of Trilogy tonight for free at the Electric Church alongside Batty Jr., Daphne Tunes, Why Bonnie, and The Stacks. Ama also gets unofficial with it next Saturday at The Fest For Last – another free show at Hole in the Wall featuring a solo performance from Ama’s Blair Robbins as well as Sphynx and Chakra Khan. Get a glimpse of Ama’s sound right now with the centerpiece of Trilogy – a tune about overcoming reservations and embracing romance – “Love Demons”.

Ama SXSW Dates

Friday 3/9 || EP Release & Art Show – Electric Church

Saturday 3/17 || The Fest For Last – Hole in the Wall

– Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)


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