Amilia K Spicer
It may be her haunting, husky voice that first grabs a listener, the way it glides over melodies like smoke, but it’s the songwriting that Spicer really wants you to hear. Her songs have equal parts ache and grit, with topography that covers farmlands, quirky roadside stops, and an occasional turn down a dark alley with flickering neon. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, currently residing in California, she fuses together all the places she calls home. Wanderlust spills from her songs, influenced by Texas troubadours, Tibetan mountain tops, and Hollywood bars. Or, as she might say with a slight drawl: “Water, wine and whiskey”.
Her new album, Wow and Flutter, has made many critics’ best-of lists, and was lauded as one of the best albums, any genre, in the last decade by Popdose Magazine. In September, 2018, No Depression exclaimed: “While it is only my opinion that Spicer is going to be the next member of the Nashville Royal family, it certainly helps my argument that I’m not the only critic saying as much”.
Spicer originally moved to Los Angeles to be a film director, but music soon became her muse. The two worlds share creative real estate these days in sonics and screen. Many songs from her first two releases (“Like an Engine”, and “Seamless) have been in films and TV. And, she has directed the three music videos currently released with singles. “Harlan”, her latest, follows her to the Kentucky birthplace of her father. It follows "Fill Me Up" and "Lightning", the latter of which she shot mostly underwater in hotel pools while touring. AXS said of the “Lightning” video: “Mesmerizing... Reminiscent of the work of songstress and music video innovator Lana Del Rey, it's a testament to the notion that DIY methods can produce some extraordinary results"
Contributors to Wow and Flutter include Stones/Dylan bassist Daryl Johnson, Wallflowers/Foo Fighters keyboardist Rami Jaffee, Bonnie Raitt/Taj Mahal keyboardist Mike Finnigan, pedal steel player Eric Heywood (Son Volt), guitarists Tony Gilkyson (X, Lone Justice), Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams). Spicer produced; multi-instrumentalist Steve McCormick co-produced, and engineered. Spicer enlisted Malcolm Burn to mix: “Malcolm has worked on so many of my favorite records of all time. I was honored he wanted to be involved.”
Spicer’s business card says: Singer/Songwriter/ Sportsfan. Not by accident, her own record label is Free Range Records, described in true quirky fashion: "Born a small, fierce critter in the midst of Hollywood sharpshooters"