When she’s not composing songs with her buddy Kehlani or teaming up with folks like Ryan Hemsworth and Pell, New Orleans singer-songwriter Ambré is making movies in her head. She builds characters and stories in the tunes she records under her own name, but it all starts with emotion. Among the most significant is love: whispering about it in the moonlight, concealing from it in school bathroom stalls, travelling with it in a nighttime cars and truck ride. She has sex its own character in her own coming-of-age story.
Her debut album, Pulp, released in November 2019, swells with stunning, languid R&B that she turns urgent with her lyrics. At the end of “Free Drugs,” she connects the things of her love directly to the visuals she loves.
” I really desired to produce my own world that feels that you could feel the emotions of this world, but [that] sonically, when I close my eyes, it takes me somewhere else,” Ambré informed MTV News.
Possibly common for a collaborative songwriter, Ambré’s videos are meant to record a general mood as hazy, humid pictures of daily life, rather than automobiles to put herself in the spotlight. When she’s working on music with, say, Kehlani, she said she’s “simply a tool” in the bigger imaginative procedure. “I sort of blend in and be a chameleon with that and take a rear seat, but still assist,” she stated. It’s the same with her Grammy-winning deal with H.E.R.’s 2017 launching— she has the Recording Academy’s award plaque in her home, however if you didn’t understand it was there, you might miss it.
” I have it hung up in my stairway.
Ambré isn’t thinking about hits yet, but her scope has grown. Today (July 31), her launching album gets a reissue, fittingly entitled Pulp (Director’s Cut), with her strongly in the director’s chair. Armed with 5 extra songs that “complete the photo of the story,” Ambré spoke with MTV News about how bringing her visions to life, what she’s been seeing lately, and why Kehlani is “fam.”
MTV News: A lot of movie influence shines through in your work, as the title of this new Pulp (Director’s Cut) exposes. What have you been watching recently? Any new movies or anything that you’ve been exploring?
Ambré: I have not been viewing that numerous films, but I’ve been into [TV] series. I think it was called Uptight
MTV News: Were you always into film and music when you were a kid? Were those kind of your go-to outlets for creativity?
Ambré: Certainly. I used to make little movies on my phone of my siblings and cousins. I used to make them act out my little stories and attempt to make my own little movies. I utilized to be in a film club in high school, and anime club. I was a little nerd, but it’s OKAY. It’s always been a huge part of my creativity, and something that influences me to be creative.
MTV News: I saw you tweeted not that long ago that you thought that we’re all living in The Truman Program today, and I wondered why you believed that.
Ambré: That’s one of my preferred motion pictures.
MTV News: There’s absolutely a case to be made because of the increasing variety of cameras in the world. Not only security cameras, or street security established by cops, but we are all actually bring around video cameras with us at all times on our phones.
Ambré: For sure.
MTV News: Thinking About Pulp (Director’s Cut), I would picture that makes you the director, conceptually. What new stuff does the director’s cut hold?
Ambré: Well, sonically, there are some things that existed initially that I wound up needing to cut to fit for my very first deal. But conceptually, I feel like these tunes just kind of paint a fuller image of what I had actually already released. There are a few songs with a bit more bounce and that type of gives the other tunes that balance. I believe it just finishes the photo of the story that I was trying to tell, and it takes you through the rest of the journey in a various way.
MTV News: As we spoke about, you’re a quite visual individual. When you were making Pulp, what were you influenced by? What were you thinking of?
Ambré: Throughout that time, I was obviously seeing Pulp Fiction a lot, so I believe, subconsciously, that word just kind of stuck in my head. Just a lot of coming-of-age motion pictures, and just the idea of being young and baffled and just kind of on a journey of discovery about yourself, about the world.
I believe the common style in those movies is individuals are at a young age and they feel like that. With my task, I desired to have that energy, however likewise I feel like we never ever truly lose that.
MTV News: So, state you sort of have an idea you want to explore. Is tune the very first thing that you start playing with for a song?
Ambré: Yes, usually it’s the melody. Generally I begin with the melody, and then often the words just come out later.
MTV News: Pulp came out last fall. Does what you’re trying to do next feel a little bit different than that, or does it feel like it’s sort of along that same trajectory?
Ambré: I remain in an area where I’m still determining where I want to go next, but in my heart of hearts, I feel like I’m kind of moving away from the ambiance of Pulp Certainly, I’m still me, but the things that I have actually been creating lately have actually been a bit darker than Pulp and a bit grittier.
MTV News: You and Kehlani have actually certainly been tight for years now. When you’re dealing with something together, I ‘d envision that’s a lot of fun, but does it likewise seem like you’re deepening your connection?
Ambré: Oh, definitely. I suggest, regardless if we make music or not, that’s just fam. When we remain in the studio, it’s good times. We enjoy the very same kind of music. We’re hanging out, we’re listening to our preferred music, and we’re linking because way, so when we’re in the studio, we’re [like], “Oh, this is cool. I liked this,” or, “Oh, this is cool. I like this” It’s actually just we’re delighting in the art of music, and then we wind up making some stuff.
MTV News: You co-wrote “Water” with her, and you’ve also worked on some other prominent R&B and R&B- pop releases. What’s it resembled to see the reception of those records?
Ambré: Male, I’m just pleased to be a part of things that people delight in that much. I’m simply humbled to even be a part of those things.
MTV News: Clearly 2020 has actually been challenging for a lot of factors. What are you feeling optimistic about right now?
Ambré: I’m feeling optimistic about new music. I’m simply excited to hear what everyone’s been up to for these past couple of months.