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Mirrored Images

by Amanda Ray

The Mind of Radiohead, the Guts of Bjork and the Heart of Sade.
Genre: Electronic: Trip Hop
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1. Ripple Junction
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2. Body of Gold
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3. Chicken
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4. Hang On
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5. Must Be Love
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6. Mirrored Images
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7. Stronger
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8. Torn
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9. When You\'re Gone
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10. Wounded
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AMANDA RAY “BLACK ELECTRO SCI-FI CHICK”
BOBBI MISICK of TRACE Magazine

"How many black electro sci-fi chicks do you got going on out there?" asks Atlanta-based ambient singer/songwriter Amanda Ray. "I want to be the first."

Truth be told, the number of black female artists in America that stray from the current pop-music formula that pairs hip hop beats with R&B vocals and boy-crazy lyrics can seem depressingly low. But Amanda admits her style is always a little different. "I hate writing from one perspective," she says, "I want people to grow. Anytime I write, even if it's a love song, it's with a different twist."

Amanda's debut album Mirrored Images is chock full of "different twists." With a deliberate progression that drops the listener off in various far off fantasies, her voice sounds like that of a flickering pixie blowing into your ear, one syllable at time. Her appreciation for electronica came during her college years where she started devouring records from underground trip hop and experimental musicians in Europe, particularly the UK. She decided she had to go there. "I started listening to Mono, Lamb, Bjork, Tricky, Goldie and definately a lot of Portishead and because a lot of those groups came from the UK that naturally made me want to go. I talked my professors into letting me do an independent research in London...I felt like I needed to be there in order to break into the genre."

She was disappointed to learn that kids in the UK were listing to the same pop music that saturated top 40 lists in the States. After a six-month stay in London and a few recordings she headed back to Atlanta to finish her 2001 EP, "What's On Your Mind." Self-promoted, with the help of her local Tower Records, the EP was a big local success, even reaching the hands of an NBC producer who featured one of the tracks on the Today Show.

Fast foward a few years, to a major move from the ATL to NYC to work with Brooklyn-based production team Super Buddha and a month-long hospital stay due to scar tissue from a previous surgery that almost stopped production altogether, and we have Ray's first full-length album, Mirrored Images. She's not trying to break down any musical walls with this record, she says, but she does want to show the world that it can't pigeonhole this black female artist. "It's been hard because there's no other black women out there for me to follow," she says. "I had no blueprint. But I had a vision about who Amanda Ray is and I stuck to it."


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Kelly


Dear CD Baby:

I am new on this scene but was amazing surprised to find Amanda Ray's cd, Mirrored Images!! This is definitely a refreshing change of pace to the music world. Her music is moving and soothing, leaving you with a yearning to hear more. I love listening to this style of music for inspirations to the type of work that I do whle working my side gig as a makeup artist.

Her sound takes me THERE (anywhere away from reality and into a dream world where freedom is the only thing that matters). I would love to hear more from this artist, as this generation of singer/songwriters are starting to blend into each other. With the exception of a few, they all sound the same, look the same. Amanda's work definitely lends itself to variety, individuality, and smooth eclectic beats.

Please let me know when this artist's next album comes out.

Peters at CD Baby


When you find an artist who has the bravado to claim "The Mind of Radiohead, the Guts of Bjork and the Heart of Sade," you'd expect either big things, or a big letdown. Thankfully, Amanda Ray delivers big and lovely things - with immaculate, pristine production and lush, warm layers of vocals. Mirrored Images is a pleasurable album of sparkling melancholy with a trip-hop vibe. Some standout tracks: "Must be Love," with its mellow trip hop beat and sensuous vocals, and "Chicken," which is built around a spiraling guitar loop and a slightly drum n bass beat, fuzz bass adds a propulsive edge, while the layers of mellow, mesmerizing looped vocals transport the listener to unexpected but thrilling places. Another standout is the album closer "Wounded," which mixes an exotica bubbling bass line, effected drum loop, timpanis, what sounds like a guzheng (Chinese zither), and ambient guitar, and adds Ray's radiant layered vocals into the mix. It's a fascinating sound that, like much of the album, is easy to lose yourself in and will be enjoyable for many future listens.