Drawing inspiration from both the local and international 90s sounds contemporary Swedish soul artist, Amanda Ardai’s latest single adds a new flavour to Swedish dance music. While her previous works were predominantly in English, Amanda now embraces her mother tongue, Swedish, and cranks up the groove to level 10.
Previously known as Ame Ardai, Amanda Ardai’s captivating emotional expression has always caught our attention. Her tracks exude a potent mix of passion and heartfelt emotion, leaving a lasting impact on listeners.
Drawing inspiration from esteemed international queens such as Chaka Khan, Mary J Blige, and Alicia Keys, as well as Swedish legends like Titiyo and Lisa Nilsson, Amanda Ardai’s latest offering, ’15 minuter,’ effortlessly combines soulful dynamics with an irresistible dancefloor groove. The track is fuelled by pumping basslines and playful melodies, enriched with unexpected chords and intricate harmonies. Ardai’s distinct vocal style and knack for crafting memorable melodies take center stage. ’15 minuter’ serves as a shining example of her artistry, showcasing her immense potential.
The single’s cover photo is particular intriguing and Amanda explained the graphic photography.
‘The cover reflects the lyrics and Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame. And it plays with the fact that sometimes, especially in the music industry, that you will “gå över lik” walk over dead bodies to get through or to become famous. So like the true cost of being successful in the music industry, and in general.
It’s about the freedom but also stupidity (at the same time) that you in today’s society is defined by what you do. And that’s your ticket to freedom but also almost hell. And my personal struggle between a go go go, confident feeling. And then regret and wanting to hide and changing my mind. But to still trying to believe that there must be a way.’
Amanda Ardai shared her insights on how singing in Swedish has allowed her to create lyrics and productions that are more honest and revealing. However, even non-Swedish speakers will be equally enamoured by her music’s sheer presence and accessibility.
Throughout ’15 minuter,’ Amanda Ardai flawlessly showcases her vocal prowess, ensuring that her mesmerising vocals remain in the spotlight until the last note fades away.