Ameriie Performs In France; Debuts New Songs

Published: Monday 11th Oct 2010 by Sam

Besides headlines pertaining to her striking new hair do’, it’s been rather quiet on the Amerie front for the better part of a year.

All is set to change, however, with the release of the 31 year old’s new LP Cymatika Vol. 1next year. Select songs from the album were premièred during her set at the Cotton Club in Paris over the weekend.

Check out her performance of new song ‘Inside You’ below, as well an insight into what we can expect from the LP.

In a recent interview with Coutura, Ameriie elaborated on what sound to expect from ‘Cymatika’:

Coutura: Great tips! So tell me about the new album. How have you evolved? How is it different from your last album?

Ameriie: It’s completely different! It’s not a hip hop, R&B, soul album at all. It’s called CYMATIKA Volume 1, I’ll have other volumes as well.

Cymatika is the study of visual sound. They’ll put sand on a plate that is hooked up to wires and with certain sounds, vibration goes through to the plate and creates a geometric shape out of the sand. You’ll go from C note to D note and when you change the note, the sand’s formation changes. When you go back to C, the sand goes back to its original formation. It’s fascinating.

As humans, we’re all energy and light and spirit; and sound plays a part in that because sound is simply vibrating energy. That’s what this album is about…about life and who we are, not being afraid to be who we are, and not forgetting our spirit.

Coutura: How would you describe the sound of the album?

Ameriie: The album is influenced by new wave and acid house, which I explored in my album “Because I Love It” in 2007, which was released in Europe.

For the fans who heard that, they’ll say “Oh, I could see this coming.” For fans who loved the first album, they’re going to be like “What is this?!” (laughs) But I grew up listening to everything, and this is where I am now. And it feels right for me.

Though the cynic in me is eye-rolling at her somewhat over-the-top explanation for what essentially sounds like more Electro/Euro-Pop (based on the video), I can’t help but salivate at the prospect of an album similarly themed to ‘Because I Love It’. If ever the phrase criminally underrated applied to a body of work, it be for that album. Here’s hoping both Amerie and her label manage to make things work this go round.

Randomness: I really “can’t” with that hair.

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  1. Robbie J October 11, 2010

    Basically goin the Kelly Rowland, Rihanna, usher, and even chris brown (see “yeah 3X) route? Yeah ok I like, but like sam I just can’t with the hair that I agree as well!

  2. TRUTHTELLER:-) October 11, 2010

    LOOL @UR SLIGHT SHADE!

    AMERIIE IS BEAUTIFUL AND I TO THINK SHE IS UNDERRATED BUT MAYBE IF SHE FINDS HERSELF A RAPPER HUBBY AND GETS HER DAD TO DO HER DIRTY MUSIC POLITICS FOR HER SHE’LL SHINE LIKE NO-OTHER (*YES THAT WAS SHADE)

    BUT EITHER WAY SHE NEEDS TO BRING BACK THAT “OLD-AMERIE” SOUND/ THAT HIPHOP/SOUL GOOD S*** FROM HER 1ST ALBUM

    IM NOT INTO THIS WHOLE NEW-RAVE SOUND BULLS*** AND WITH THE FLOP OF KELIS’S—-I DNT UNDERSTAND HOW/WHY/WHO THIS S*** IS GETTIN TO BE THE NEW ‘IT’ SOUND- THIS IS TRUELY A POP ERA HMMMM

    *HIPHOP DEAD
    *R’N’B DEAD
    *MUSIC IS DEAAADDDD!!

  3. hannaloves October 11, 2010

    Yay Iove Ameriie & this song is amazingggggggg. I could defiantly see Gwen Stefani or Britney Spears singing it. I can’t wait for the new album, visuals, imagery, attire, & hopefully tour. So happppyyyyy that u guys updated me on my favorite singer on EARTH!

  4. ULISES October 11, 2010

    Sounds very interesting. I can completely understand what she is trying to do. I’m glad someone is daring to explore this side of music. Very fascinating indeed. =D The new songs sound like hits! =D

  5. DANBOFFICIAL October 11, 2010

    I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR ONE HIT WONDERS LIKE AMERIIE, FIST BROWN etc…

    NEXTTTT >>>>>>>>>>

  6. Question October 11, 2010

    I can’t with DANBOFFICIAL always throwing shade at Chris Brown every opportunity he gets LOL!

    Amerie is a solid flop, she’ll have to sell her soul to the dark side to see some light of success #That’s all…

  7. SipDatBoyz October 11, 2010

    Well I wish her the best of luck..but honestly i like r&b amerie….idk about this new sound..we will see

  8. TTSUP3R October 11, 2010

    What was that?! O.o
    That opening song was utter trash!! She recovered with the 2nd track, kinda felt that one.

  9. Rayshawn October 11, 2010

    both songs were great IMO

    follow ya boy on twitter.com/cockyflow

  10. WHOWHO October 11, 2010

    @Aries 79 aka Danbofficial

    We are trying to keep this post positive and here you come throwing shade on Chris. I know people who have so much hate like you do are either JEALOUS or they are IN LOVE with that person. You really have a serious problem that you need to go and get help. You seem like a person with no life and come her just hating on not just Chris but other artist as well. Why don’t you do us all favor and go to your own hate site you made for Chris and wait for hits.

    Anywho that’s nice that Rihanna is doing this with Nicki and others. So now we have to wait until the CD drops.

  11. Dave October 11, 2010

    YESSS @ the new song, & she diving into that whistle register. I didn’t think she would go into the upper part of her range anymore after “All I Have.” & I can with the hair, just don’t like the black roots part. & I love how intelligent she is & knows exact direction she’s going in specifically with elaborate details. The woman is such a talent.

  12. Wes October 11, 2010

    Like i said many times before, Amerie is not a flop but you are, and i said 100000 times before, Grow Up and teach some manners.

  13. ADE October 11, 2010

    I love Amerie but she is the definition of flop. And that name change and disgusting hair isn’t going to help matters.

  14. DUNKFAN October 11, 2010

    You don’t have to be on top of the charts to make great music. S*** you can be at # 1 at it still can be crap. Just check out Rhianna new single.

  15. fan October 11, 2010

    Fail fail fail.

  16. meme October 11, 2010

    That hair gots to go!!! pronto

  17. ant October 11, 2010

    I like the song so far, its catchy and she sounds good…just need 2 hear it in good quality and in full! Ok Amerie this is definitely different. 1st ppl say her stuff sounds alike, now they wanna complain when she goes completely left field. All the best with Cymatika A..hope its marketed right and the single catch on.

  18. chile please! October 11, 2010

    I can’t see the video (i’m at work) but all I can say is Amerie is soooooooooo underrated. I really thought she was going to blow up with “Love & War” That album was so hot…….I tell ya it’s always the wack artist that can’t sing but can pop their a** in a video & look cute that gets recognition. GTFOH!

  19. Youknowdatnewnew October 11, 2010

    @DANB yet you had time to comment on a “Flop” artist…..now THAT is a trait of a hater LLS! A mess…

    Anyways…it sounds interesting but I will wait until I hear full good quality. Also I always thought about why people mainly US people call Amerie a flop….4 albums strong…still with a label..has her own label and all of her albums have sold…maybe not that 12k one but she has always had a hardcore fan following that kept her employed….especially overseas.

  20. UMMM………. October 11, 2010

    WHAT? Listen Amerie, I don’t need a lecture on visual sound! I just need you to make good music like you did when you began! Is that really so difficult ? Well hell, in today’s controlled music industry climate maybe it is…..DAMN!

    And her hair is a mess! What is going on with today’s “pop diva’s”? Who are their stylists? They should all be fired! 1st Rih-Tard and that awful red wig and now this mess atop of Amerie’s head….DAMN!

  21. DEDE October 11, 2010

    ^^THANK YOU. AMERIIE ISN’T A FLOP NOR WILL SHE EVER BE BECAUSE THE TERM FLOP STANDS FOR AN ARTISTS WHO HAS FOLLOWED EVER TREND OUT OF DESPERATION LOOKING FOR A HIT AND THATS DAMN SURE ISN’T MY GIRL AMERIE!

    NOW I LOVE THIS SONG ITS VERY DIFFERENT. I’M DEF GETTING A GWEN STEFANI/DAFT PUNK VIBE AND I’M LOVING IT. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT SHE HAS IN STORE W THIS NEW ALBUM. LOVE HER PERSONALITY AND PRESENT. SHE IS A FRESH BREATHE OF AIR IN A INDUSTRY FULL OF FAKE AND PHONY B****** SMH.

  22. UMMM………. October 11, 2010

    One more thing, she sounds awful! This song sounds to much like Only Goat (on the Farm) or something I heard Kelly Rowland sing recently! What are her ppl thinking? There is nothing wrong with “switching up ” ones style and blending sounds or even different genres of music but this ……UMMM??????

  23. UMMM………. October 11, 2010

    Okay just one more thing…I LIKE AMERIE so this just annoys me! Pretty and talented turned in to ???????……WTH!

  24. theman October 11, 2010

    The hair has to go, but i like her. It’s just like she kind of gets lost in this industry.

  25. nickalus Randle October 11, 2010

    too pretty for that hair BUT THE MUSIC sounds good, I luv this techno era comin up — cute cute….

  26. delroy October 12, 2010

    I agree with an earlier comment, i loved LOVE & WAR there were so many good tracks on that LP, it was a shame that it didn’t do as well as it should. As for what i heard, i wasn’t a fan of the first track it was very Kelly Rowland esk, but i like the sound of the second one. It sounded like the Umbrella track by RIRI but it sounded better compared to the first track.

  27. MRS BREEZY October 12, 2010

    VRAIMENT NUL ! ça NE MARCHE TELLEMENT PAS QU’ELLE VIENT SE REFUGIER CHEZ NOUS EN FRANCE .. DOMMAGE AMERIE ..

    .. if ya can translate wat I said .. it’s Good 4 ya 😀 . LOL

  28. lola October 12, 2010

    WTF is this sh**? Let me just say that I absolutely adore Amerie, well I did, she was one of my musical inspirations and I loved how unique and original she was, but this sh** right here is a hot mess! This SOUNDS LIKE EVERYTHING ON THE RADIO BUT WORSE! The way she described this new sound made me think it was going to be something totally groundbreaking and out of this world but this is nothing but the same sh** Lady Gaga and La Roux is doing!

    Amerie is extremely intelligent, so she knew what she was doing when she switched up her sound. SHE’S JUST FOLLOWING THE WHOLE DANCE, ELECTRO-POP/ELECTRONICA trend, but she didn’t want people to think that so therefore, SHE THREW PEOPLE OFF BY COMING UP WITH SUCH A DESCRIPTIVE DEFINITION OF SOME “NEW SOUND.” Amerie you’re not fooling me honey just like you did, I too am going to college and love writing and reading and I’ve spotted your trick. Plus, THAT HAIR IS A F**KING HOT MESS! And I thought Rihanna’s Bloody/Period hair was horrible. She’s too damn dark for this GOAT WHITE HAIR! She used to be so pretty, but now she’s aged and her defined features have faded away! Why is it so hard for her to grow from her amazing “All I Have” album? “Because I Love It” had a few amazing songs with great vibes that she could’ve used to create a classic, emotional, contemporary R&B album with lovely instruments.

  29. Maddd??? October 12, 2010

    I love Amerie, I have all of her albums! But the name change? The hair??? ALL have to go! She needs to go BACK to the studio & work on something. Becuz as it stands right now, she’s a flop & will continue to be flop if she doesn’t take charge of her career!

  30. hybridavenue October 14, 2010

    shouldnt she dropped already, i mean flop after flop just sit down

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