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amy michelle – ‘ode to praying to the answering machine’

amy michelle – ‘ode to praying to the answering machine’


Mullingar artist amy michelle released a debut six-track EP last year on Method Records called is that all there is? followed by the single ‘patience’, in November.

A new EP called felicity stories is upcoming on and the artist has released ‘ode to praying to the answering machine’ which will feature on the release alongside ‘patience’.

The 22 year-old is a purveyor of ASMR-style melancholic pop songwriting and production, and intros the new one by saying “the title of this song adheres to negligence, the state of feeling abandoned. It’s searching for the answers in somebody who can’t give them to you, it’s praying to a god who may or may not be there.”

felicity stories EP

  1. ‘(i)’
  2. ‘ode to praying to the answering machine’
  3. ‘patience’
  4. ‘runaway bride’
  5. ‘body parts’
  6. ‘i love you, but i don’t like you’

About Amy Michelle

Aged just 22, amy michelle is a beguiling new artist tackling the anxieties of modern life with a delicate but determined touch. The youngest of three, she was born and raised in Mullingar, a small town in the midlands of Ireland: inspiration ranged from rawly honest heroes like Elliott Smith to those formative figures closer to home (from watching her Dad play guitar to her granny’s eye-catching interest in fashion and beauty). amy michelle’s debut EP, is that all there is?, was introduced by viral single ‘the bottom of the well’, a hauntingly beautiful exploration of life’s big questions (faith, family, mental health, mortality) via the starkly vivid minutiae of your earliest birthday party. From its claustrophobic origins, amy michelle’s acute eye for capturing adolescence now looks outwards, even when staring into the unknown. Drawing on horror films, fairy tales, home movies and the distorted voices of the ‘answering machine’, it’s all soaked in a purple hue that feels signature to amy michelle’s open, potent and at times unsettling way with alternative-pop.

‘ode to praying to the answering machine’ introduces amy michelle’s next body of work, felicity stories (named in tribute to the made-up collection of tales that amy’s granny would tell her, as a kid). “They painted such a strong picture in my mind, and became a sort of safety blanket for me,” amy michelle says today. “I try to carry with me the creativity we all have as children, that inevitably dissipates as we get older. This EP is a journey through navigating the complexities of the human condition, being torn apart and learning how to heal on my own. Everything I write will be a letter to my younger self, whether it was yesterday or the first time I heard these stories. They live on as a reminder to never stop creating.”

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