Genre-bending Las Vegas act, Amarionette celebrated the arrival of their dynamic new album, Gemini last month. Their third album in four years and second release since the arrival of lead vocalist Issy Berry, the aptly-titled Gemini easily dances between funk pop ballads, nostlagic 80’s inspired synth leanings and explosive progressive post-hardcore riffs in a way that only Amarionette is capable of. It’s a timeless, soaring release that further solidifies the band’s space in just about any genre that they want, proving once more that they can fit into any scene that they see fit.
Now that Gemini has had a few weeks to sink in with longtime listeners and new fans alike, Amarionette is bringing you an exclusive track by track of the album, diving deeper into all twelve songs. Get to know a little bit more about the band and the new album now below. Gemini is available to stream now HERE.
Simple was the first single that we released for the record, simply because it was the first track that we had finished. We had demoed the song out two years ago and immediately knew it was a very strong single. There wasn’t any direct inspiration lyrically from the start, but as the writing process started to continue this track became more about the ebbs and flows of a relationship.
Monster was the second demo that we had for Gemini. The music had been done for close to a year, and Issy wrote the hook a few months back and all of us were sold. Lyrically, this song is very straightforward, and we can conclude that this is about the darkest parts of a tumultuous relationship.
Criminal is wholeheartedly about playing the victim and not holding oneself accountable for one’s actions. Musically, this song is one of the challenging tracks we have ever written. We pushed ourselves to the best of our musical abilities and we believe it shows.
Peaches was the first song that we demoed for Gemini, and it was initially intended to be on the last album. However, it was never recorded and it ended up on being part of Gemini. This is the first song that Ron ever wrote a moog synth part for, and it’s an awesome odd ball/ pop ballad that fits our retro synth-wave desires.
We weren’t sure initially if Catastrophe was going to be part of the record, but the final product was amazing! We loved Joey Holiday’s feature and this is probably the most edgy, post-hardcore song that we have written in years. Believe it or not, this song was originally intended to be an acoustic track, but it didn’t end up anywhere near that. Our older fans are going to eat this track up.
Rescue Me is probably the most true ballad that Amarionette has ever written. It’s very moody, and is again inspired by a failing relationship that seemed impossible to get out of. The music video for this track is one of our favorites, and overall we love this song for what it is.
Moving On is our radio rock/alternative ballad that (in my opinion) is the best written overall song on the album. Just like the title, the song is about moving on from a relationship that wasn’t working out. From start to finish, this song keeps you wanting more, and hopefully our fans have it on repeat.
The title track Gemini is the oddball on the record lyrically and musically. I think all music nerds alike are gonna love the progressive rock influences and the space themed lyrics will take you on a wild journey. Overall, this is a very solid prog-rock track that we are proud of.
Settle Down might be the most underrated track on the album. Listening to this track shows many sides to Issy vocally, and really showcases his range and rock sensibility. This song was intended to have a guest vocal, but ultimately ended up working out seamlessly.
“You’re Not Alone”
You’re Not Alone was inspired by Roe V Wade. This isn’t the most easy listening Amarionette track, but it shows our ability to reach into other avenues that we don’t visit often. Musically, this might be Ron’s best work and Joe did a phenomenal job on drums.
“How Many Times”
How Many Times is another sleeper track that was finished very late. This was one of the last demoes recorded, and it was the last song that Issy finished with lyrics. This is a mellow track, but the chorus probably won’t leave your head.
“Beauty of the Masquerade”
Beauty of the Masquerade is collectively one of our favorite all time tracks. It’s such an epic album closer! Just wait until you hear the power ballad chorus hooks by both Nick’s guitar Melodie’s and Issy’s vocals working together flawlessly. The greatest part about this song is that none of us thought it would turn out as great as it is.