AMBER T’s ‘Why Try’: A Forward Surging Track That Defies Its Title

Published on 30 August 2023 at 13:29

Words: Max Bradfield


At the start of August, alternative pop dynamo Amber T returned with the release of ‘Why Try’. A solid prelude to her latest effort, ‘Wrapped Up’, ‘Why Try’ embodies the helpless and frustrating feelings of a 16-year-old artist trapped in 2020’s restrictive lockdown.


Originally an acoustic track, the song made its debut on BBC Introducing Sussex and Surrey Live Lounge. There, it birthed a new sense of sonic life – and it's something directly noticeable in the song’s all-round sound. Amber possesses this deep and rich vocal, almost beyond her years as she laments the turmoil of the emotions whizzing around her young head deep in Covid territory.


I feel like this song truly captured how I felt, and it resonated with so many others.  As the years passed, I realised that the song’s message is universally relatable, and people interpret the lyrics in their own unique ways.  It’s on one of my favourite tracks, and I’ve been performing it live for a while, so its great to finally get it recorded”. 


As our title suggests, the song is quite the contrast to pessimistic meanings and takes on dynamic life with familiar chord patterns and welcome fluttering guitar inflections. These elevate Amber’s superb voice and in some cases elevate it. The natural Songwriting talent is noticeable with the Sussex based 19-year-old.



One particular stand out is: So give me a reason why I should stay, when sorry is the hardest word that I’ll ever say.As a listener, one is gifted with a clean all round sound as stated – yet it feels like Amber T can obviously grow ever further. ‘Why Try’ is a fitting foundation block for what could be a long and prosperous musical output. 


That said, she has already found admirers at a pretty high level. Sir Elton John called her a “brilliant singer-songwriter” on his Apple Music Rocket Hour Show. Good place to start. 


2023 has seen Amber steadfast in her writing and new material offers exciting hints at where she’s heading next. However, away from the studio Amber T’s love is performing live. Last Summer she performed around the UK at numerous Festivals with her band, playing to shows with up to 5000 in attendance and supporting Blue, Scouting for Girls, The Feeling and Sophie Ellis-Bextor and headlined at the open-air amphitheatre The Scoop in London Bridge. She is back out this Summer, so keep an eye out as dates are being added all the time. 


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