Wildcard (week 23):
Amanda Cy – BeReal

Amanda Cygnaeus is a singer-songwriter, born in Stockholm. Raised with an appreciation for Sweden’s musical legacy, she’s undefined by genre. Above all else, Cy’s committed to the song. She was discovered by music executives at 16, but turned down an early record deal, choosing to grow and hone her craft. Meanwhile, she started working as a songwriter for artists like LΓ©on, Paloma Faith, Iggy Azalea, and Drew Sycamore. In 2021, she independently released her debut EP Ugh!, which was well-received.

After a challenging period in her career and losing some of her belief in her own artistry,Β she’s now back with a new body of work. Her sophomore EP Waterworks was produced by Teddy Failure, who have worked with artists like Lova and Winona Oak.

The gritty alt-pop tune BeReal is not only the shortest, but also the best track on it, in my opinion. It was written in the summer of 2022 and inspired by her love for UK drum ’n’ bass. The track opens with a simple guitar line and verse before exploding into a loud and addictive chorus. β€œI wanted the production to feel gritty and juxtapose that with softer lyrics,” she explains.

About the lyrical contents, Amanda says: β€œBeReal is about how scary it is to be open and vulnerable with someone new. Especially after being hurt or if you’ve had your openness used against you, that is a scary ride to get back onto. Showing your true self, letting someone in and just hoping they’ll stick around is easier said than done. But in the end, it’s better to go for it and get hurt, rather than sit there and wonder what could’ve been.”

BeReal by Amanda Cy is the new Carte Blanche Music Wildcard. This implies that it will be prominently displayed at the top of the blog for an entire week.

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In the Wildcards 2024 playlist you’ll find all of this year’s Carte Blanche Music Wildcards so far.

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