Isobel Campbell worked extensively with Belle & Sebastian as cellist and part-time vocalist on all of their much loved and successful releases. The late 90’s found Isobel exploring the more poppier side of life in her post-Belle & Sebastian band, Gentle Waves. “Amorino,” her newest release, now finds the post-modern Campbell taking her experience and creating a wonderfully lush record that experiments far beyond her previous releases and treads the fine line between pop music and alternative.
“Isobel Campbell’s compositions are hauntingly wistful and dreamy, with many of the same echoes from her work in Belle & Sebastian and a plethora of nods to the softer strains of 1960s pop, while retaining a diffuse and ethereal haze, like the dew-dappled light of morning, or perhaps like Scottish winters.” – AllMusicGuide
With her Jean Seberg meets Mia Farrow looks, wistful manner and sensational talent and taste, Isobel Campbell is in mid-flight to becoming an absolute Indie Pop icon. Amorino is the first solo record Isobel has released under her own name (her previous 2 came out as thinly veiled The Gentle Waves). The album is a wonderful listening experience; touching on all the idiosyncratic influences that have formed Isobel. The title track’s1960’s Marianne Faithfull meets Broadcast tones…the Yé-Yé jazz of “The Breeze Whispered Your Name” and “October Sky…the precocious ragtime of “The Cat’s Pyjamas”…the Midnight Cowboy via South of France vibe of “Why Does My Head Hurt So”…the soft bossa of “Johnny Come Home” and “Song For Baby”…the pop of “Love For Tomorrow’ that is reminiscent of her former accomplices Belle & Sebastian…the lullabye of “This Land Flows With Milk” and the gentle C&W of “Time Is Just The Same” (with vocal help from ex-Captain America / Eugenius singer Eugene Kelly) …these all contribute to a gorgeous listening experience. The album is inspired in Isobel’s words by “French girl singers, psychedelia, Jimmy Webb, Antonio Carlos Jobim, “The Graduate”, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and of course, the most universal of all themes – even in these cynical times…. Love”. It was recorded in little pockets of time over the last three years, in between tours, Thus, it is a personal, intimate account, moved by experience, failure, hope, dreams and honesty. If you listen, you will hear a complete rainbow of sounds – everything from orchestras to pots and pans and bicycle bells.
Amorino deftly continues where SWANSONG FOR YOU leaves off, with a style and beauty that is uncompromisingly and absolutely Isobel Campbell. As she summed up for Alastair Mabbott: “The thing that I’m most into is making the best records that I possibly can. That is what I’m completely like. It’s just the most important thing. It’s a challenge. To have a dream that’s in your head suddenly become something that’s on tape, that’s the best thing. And if people buy it, that’s even better. For me,” she concludes, “it’s a total learning experience. I’m not under any illusions, I’m just learning as I go along.”