Kendra Amalie’s Intuition is a star map to a new and developing sound space. An exploratory and (sometimes) shredding finger-style 12-string guitarist (both acoustic and electric), band leader, synthesist, new media creator, and experimental producer, the Wisconsin-based musician is also a songwriter occupying an ethereal zone between galaxy-brain cosmic transmissions and deep, personal expression.
-Jesse Jarnow for Riot Act Media 6/2019
Kendra Amalie has an ample and diverse prowess for progressive and synergetic arrangements. Using her eclectic background, multi-faceted talents and shifted focus, this new project marks a turn toward a slightly more synth-heavy, ethereal anecdote.
Gauzy to the point that it becomes slick with condensation, yet tactile, tense, and ready to burst out of the drowning pull at any moment. Amalie plays with contradictions all over her upcoming LP, but this acts as a nice intro to her formidable skill set.
It blends lots of psychedelic idiom of music but in a intricately melodic way, unorthodox, with a touch of improvised spirit and experimentation but never to the point where it crosses the border of something less - it is always more - a digestive form of something elusive.
“Intuition” is both a great soundscape and an arresting experience featuring both effects pedals and pedal steel, a maelstrom of malevolence following by a wistful remembrance.
“Kendra Amalie‘s woozy “Boat Ride” has been released in advance, handily introducing the unsuspecting audience to this volume’s turn of direction while (hopefully) not scaring them away. Rocking and listing as drums chug it through waves of electric guitar, it’s safe to say this boat ride is not aboard the Cripple Creek Ferry, but nor is it going to make the old heads sea sick.”
“This is an album of tough rock. It’s an album of acoustic music, and sometimes, it’s music that floats with electric magic carpet ride grooves.”