Fading Lines

Amber Arcades - Fading Lines
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2016 Ratings: #160 / 878
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2016 Ratings: #291
June 3, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
PIAS, Heavenly / Label
Indie Pop, Dream Pop / Genres
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The Skinny
Blissful, elegant records like this do not come about by chance.
Drowned in Sound
So here we are with an album that contains no filler whatsoever, that doesn't repeat itself even if some of the reference points are quite identifiable. And more importantly never loses the impact or initial excitement encountered by that first listen to every subsequent one after.
Under The Radar

There may be better albums than Fading Lines released in 2016, but it's doubtful whether any of them will contain the same perfectly-weighted combination of sounds and influences. A truly beguiling debut.


She proves adept at so many styles within her chosen niche on Fading Lines that her next album could go in any of four or five directions and sound very good. Or it could sound exactly the same and be well worth everyone's time.


Ripe with subtle nuance, ‘Fading Lines’ is an exquisite debut. Seemingly simple yet running far deeper than cursory listens reveal, it’s a record that sticks with you long after the closing notes of the aptly titled ‘White Fuzz’ fade out.

The Line of Best Fit

It’s ... one of the most infectious collections of pop songs written on an electric guitar this year.

Loud and Quiet
With intelligent lyricism, euphonious vocals and just the right level of winsomeness, this may be the new soundtrack to your post-festival comedown.

Fading Lines has ten tracks of gauzy, echo-laden indie-pop for the desk-bound daydreamer.

No Ripcord

With a tuneful ear reminiscent of Bradford Cox, de Graaf likes to simplify things with uncomplicated song structures that emphasize steady rhythms instated of glazing them with loaded synth textures.

The Guardian
There are longueurs, but there’s also the sense of a real talent.

Amber Arcades uses reverb, jangling chords and drifting, repetitive musical figures to enhance what are mostly typical pop songs.

Love Her Voice
Amber Arcades makes wistful, very pretty dream pop music that is a lot more dreamy than it is poppy. Especially for a debut album, the sound is impressively focused and cohesive, and Amber Arcades display some solid songwriting chops. The album does sort of seem to float away on its own lightweight-ness, however, and the melodies don't stick as much as you'd hope.
Love it, just the aesthetic I like from my indie pop.
Lovely debut record!
Dear listener, I was initially going to leave this one up to the promoter, but my goodness, Amber Arcades' full-length debut Fading Lines is a darn good record that deserves all of the silly praise I can foist upon it.After spending her life savings on a flight to New York "because that's where she wanted to record her first album,"de Graaf has received oodles of praise, with Fading Lines earning early, generally positive reviews and a perfect score from The Skinny. Backed by members ... read more
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Track List

  1. Come with Me
  2. Constant's Dream
  3. Fading Lines
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Perpetuum Mobile
  6. Right Now
  7. Apophenia
  8. This Time
  9. Turning Light
  10. White Fuzz
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Added on: April 22, 2016