Amber Run are a British indie band who are constantly on the rise, and their debut album 5am (2015) demonstrates all there is to love about them. Creating tracks that are memorable, catchy and gorgeous, 5am has a little something for everybody. Below, I’ve listed the songs from this album where the lyrics changed my outlook on life and continue to make me emotional upon listening.
The most famous out of all Amber Run’s material, ‘I Found’ is the perfect opener to 5am. As lead singer Joe Koegh sings gorgeously about the struggles within toxic relationships and the internal complications that follow, it’s hard not to become hypnotised by the lessons it teaches.
“And I’ll use you as a makeshift gauge
Of how much to give and how much to take
Oh I’ll use you as a warning sign
That if you talk enough sense, then you’ll lose your mind”
It’s likely that everybody can relate to being in a relationship (romantic, platonic, or familial) that is not working out the way you expected. Having to deal with the consequences of this internally is something very difficult, and ‘I Found’ sums it up in the most gorgeous manner.
On first listening to this song, the lyrics are not instantly at the forefront of your attention as the guitars and drums create such catchy and uplifting tunes. However, the lyrics of ‘Spark’ are so important to me as they make me think of the change and growth you experience in leaving adolescence, coupled with the feelings of a first love. Unlike ‘I Found’, this song is uplifting and encouraging, with its fond references to youthfulness.
“First it was fun, now it’s fireworks
Well so bright and so harsh that they’ll make your eyes hurt
Oh it’s the circles of smoke from your cigarette
Oh it’s the beating of drums in the back of your chest”
Keogh flips the idea of heartbreak in ‘I Found’ here, as he sings about the beautiful and exciting feelings of youthful love.
Despite being one of Amber Run’s lesser-known songs, the lyrics ‘Pilot’ have had the greatest impact on me of any song ever written.
Being quite shy and introverted (and often filled with anxiety at the thought of big events), the chorus to this song hits home.
“I don’t wanna be the centre of anything,
Just a part of something bigger”
As the song builds gradually, these lines are sung louder and louder. Each time I play ‘Pilot’, I’m crippled with a mixture of emotions. It hurts to think of what I’ve missed out on in the past because of my introversy, but I’m glad to have a lyric that sums up the majority of my life flawlessly.
This song from 5am stands out to me as being the most uplifting. It’s perfect for summer listening, as Keogh sings of carelessness and joyousness. If I’m feeling down, I reach for this song to give me some happiness.
“But if you run like a child and act like a child
Honestly, what’s there to worry about?”
Not only is the melody line entirely addictive and memorable, the lyrics mean a lot to me as I remember all the times they’ve lifted me up.
If you’re in need of some new listening material and you’re not sure where to turn, check out 5am. It’s got a little bit of everything to enjoy, and will make you experience every emotion possible.