Hailing from Boston, MA, the alt-pop artist and talented singer-songwriter Amber Ais shares her deep and vulnerable emotions within her stripped-back ballad, "Pen."
With a bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music in Songwriting and an innate drive to create, Amber Ais continuously pulls tricks out of her sleeve and onto paper. Using music as a cathartic outlet, Amber Ais hopes that her honest songwriting will remind listeners that their emotions are far more than valid.
Expanding on her recent release, "Pen," Amber Ais shares a reflective acoustic ballad where she elaborates on how she might be writing too many songs about a specific person. Accompanied by nothing but a bright acoustic guitar and her heavenly harmonies, the piece truly makes for a gratifying experience.
As we begin listening to "Pen," the piece begins with Amber Ais's soothing and tranquil acoustic guitar picking, setting the song's passionate and emotional atmosphere. What grabs our attention is Amber Ais's ability to get straight to the point within her lyricism, as she makes her vocal appearance with lyrics like "I think I write too many songs about you, I don't think my ink could live without you."
Although Amber Ais defines as an alternative-pop artist, this song seems to offer various deep and heartfelt country elements, similar to the stylings of Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris. Towards the song's second half, Amber Ais shares her bright and lush vocal stylings alongside her chilling harmonies that end the song with boundless bliss.
Take a minute to reflect on Amber Ais's emotional single, "Pen," and discover the rest of her expansive discography on all digital streaming platforms.
We're genuinely impressed with your in-depth and meaningful lyricism within your latest ballad, "Pen." What inspired you to write a song surrounding the many songs you've written for a specific person?
I wrote this song because I had a dream about one of my exes. It was super bizarre but kinda funny. We met up at a water park and went down a water slide together and I remember that in the dream I said, "What are you doing here?" and he replied, "I was just in the area." It was so weird, and I woke up and I thought that I would just write a song about it because it was too funny not to. But then I thought, I had so many songs about this particular guy already! But I ended up writing about how much I write about him. It's kinda meta haha but I think that it came out well. Some people just make for good content. It doesn't mean that I am still in love with them but I think sometimes they become significant to you because they were part of your life. I choose to just write about the things that actually happen because I think it helps me connect with other people. We all have an ex that kind of ruined our lives for some reason.
Why did you choose to have the instrumentals within "Pen" consist of a solo acoustic guitar? Do you feel that the sole acoustic guitar made the song that much more authentic?
To me, I felt like I wanted the lyrics to be highlighted and I didn't want anything to take away from the lyrical aspects of it and wanted it to sound like it was like a piece of my diary.
Could you tell us about the recording process for "Pen?" Did you work with any other creatives, or was this song entirely solo?
Actually, I recorded it by myself in my bedroom and gave it to my producer, Ghreg Louis, to just put some Melodyne on and I'm really proud of how it came out! I wanted it to sound bare as if I was just writing a song in my room and decided I would invite people there sonically.
What should listeners associate you and your music with? What do you promise to serve listeners through each of your releases?
I kinda brand myself as a wholesome sad girl because that's literally who I am as a person. I'm a Christian so it's always gonna be wholesome but also relatable and I don't believe that I have to be explicit in order to relate to the hearts of people. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but for me, I just like writing in a way that is authentic to myself as a human. Another thing is that people have always told me that I always write songs that are relatable and sound genuine to me. So I guess my promise is that my music is always going to be sad, wholesome, and relatable haha
What can fans anticipate next from you?
They can anticipate MORE music in the near future! TONS more. I have a lot cooked up for this year and I'm happy to share my heart and experiences with people. I want to be honest with myself in my art and I hope that being vulnerable lets people know they're not alone in those emotions.