Human rights lawyer and badass dream-rock songwriter Annelotte de Graaf shares a new track from her debut album ‘Fading Lines’.


Loads of bands we write about have day jobs in order make their night-time lives as musicians work, but Amber Arcades has one of the most interesting. At home in the Netherlands Annelotte de Graaf works as a legal aide on UN war crime tribunals during the week. Her most recent cases have seen her working in human rights law helping people leaving Syria.

The story goes that after writing a bunch of songs she used up and all her savings on flying to New York to record her debut LP with The Men’s Ben Greenberg after researching that he’d worked on a bunch of her favourite albums. A couple of guys from Quilt and Real Estate formed a band to help record it.

The result is ‘Fading Lines’ which comes out on Heavenly on 3 June, and below you can listen to the title track. It’s a lo-fi garage-rock number, not unlike Courtney Barnett, Stereolab or Deerhoof.

She’s now put together a band from friends back home in Utrecht to perform the material. Amber Arcades was in London this week to support Nada Surf, but she returns on 7 June with a show at London’s Lexington. She’s back for The Great Escape and End of the Road festival later this year.