Amelia Ray

The Adventurer of Rock and Roll

"Viljen I veta och viljen I förstå (Will You Know and Will You Understand)”

The Art Nest, an art residency organized by the Ystad Art Museum and the Bästa Biennalen presents “Will You Know and Will You Understand,” a performance by its first residents - Einat Amir and Amelia Ray. Amir and Ray have been researching letters of complaints written by the citizens of Ystad to the municipality, and interviewing locals about their hopes and concerns regarding the town. They have adapted these materials into a musical performance which they would like to offer as a contemporary portrait of life in Ystad as described by its inhabitants. This musical performance will be presented on 29 September at 15:00 at the old town hall of Ystad and will be free and open to the public.

Why No Dream's debut EP, Cités, is now available!

Big news! I am very pleased to announce that Why No Dream's first EP, Cités, is now available! You can download it for just $4.55 from the official website: www.whynodream.com. It is also available for download and streaming on iTunesSpotifyAmazon, etc.

Why No Dream is my first electronic music project, and was composed using only samples and sounds available on GarageBand for iPad. I'm very excited about this project, and I hope you'll enjoy it! (And in case you missed it, be sure to check out the video for the single, "Copenhague"!) 

2018/09 Mixtape

The September 2018 mixtape is here: 

1. "Hungry," American Royalty
2. "Moves On," White Denim
3. "Purge," Bas
4. "Deran Deran Alkheir (Well Wishes)," Bombino
5. "Don't Beat the Girl out of My Boy," Anna Calvi
6. "Use Me," José James
7. "Copenhague," Why No Dream
8. "Nobody," Mitski
9. "Feels So Good," HONNE feat. Anna of The North
10. "Tryin," Radiant Children
11. "Lake Effect Kid," Fall Out Boy
12. "What's the Deal with David?" Oh Pep!
13. "If You Really Love Nothing," Interpol
14. "Skin in the Game," Jon Cleary
15. "re:member," Ólafur Arnalds

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/princessofcairo/playlist/6Ztz1QhKZimgIbUWrA2FLs?si=QRFZjnY1SDK64_rqp9TQzA

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3wg5tfbFG-nnRBlbA3A0eDIigZOMBEIy

Enjoy!

Why No Dream - my first electronic music project is here!

A few years ago my buddy Patrick and I were hiding in my flat, trying to escape the infernal Madrid summer heat when we decided to try to come up with a name for a new style of dance music for people who were either too cool or too lazy to get down. After several beers and red bags of Doritos, the genre "Powder Pop" and the band name "Why No Dream" were born.

The genre and name sat useless for a few years until I discovered loops on GarageBand for iPad. I started tooling around with the samples and decided to compose five songs using only samples and sounds available in the app. Fast-forward another couple of years to present day, and I am pleased to announce that the project has been completed! Cités, the debut EP from Why No Dream will be released on 6 September 2018. The single, "Copenhague," is available for download and streaming now at www.whynodream.com as well as via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. There is even a nifty video that accompanies it (see below)!

The sixteenth of August continues to live on in rock infamy.

I performed a small tribute to Aretha Franklin that included “Freeway of Love,” “Baby, I Love You,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me,” “A Deeper Love” and the song featured in the video below. Her talent truly knew no bounds. 

2018/08 Mixtape

Enjoy the tunes!

  1. you should see me in a crown, Billie Eilish
  2. Rose in Harlem, Teyana Taylor
  3. I Was in a Cult, teddy<3
  4. Close But Not Quite (feat. Sampha), Everything Is Recorded
  5. Lucid Dream, Kutiman
  6. Still In Love (feat. Eryn Allen Kane) [Acoustic], Thirdstory
  7. Sure It Can, Michael Nau
  8. System, Brotherly
  9. Friends, RAYE
  10. Music Your Grandparents Would Like (feat. Nels Cline & Jason Marshall), Michael Leonhart Orchestra
  11. Mehapeset Siba, Einav Jackson Cohen
  12. I Owe You Nothing, Seinabo Sey
  13. Boo'd Up (Remix), Ella Mai, Nicki Minaj & Quavo
  14. Tonight the Evening, Jennifer Castle
  15. Randy (WWW), Justice

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/princessofcairo/playlist/0bDnMZpNcR9p3sMhaHc43V?si=l_ZBKVn5SZW09fD5G9Ujiw 

YouTube (partial): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za8Ki4CCXgg&list=PL3wg5tfbFG-leqLaP2CbI1sHvq25KKhv9

2018/07 Mixtape

Enjoy the tunes!

“Crosseyed and Painless,” Angélique Kidjo
“Bubblin’,” Anderson .Paak
“Walls,” Snoh Aalegra
“Drunk in LA,” Beach House
“I Am in Love,” Jennifer Lara
“Aspects,” Paul Weller
“By the Fire,” Joy Ike
“hard rain,” lykke Li
“That’s a Lifestyle,” Dirty Projectors
“River Takes the Town,” The Wood Brothers
“Summertime,” Kendra Morris
“Dreams,” The Electric Peanut Butter Company
“Vertigo,” shey baba
“The Darkest Void,” Engel
“Insane,” Madison McFerrin

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/…/princessofcairo/playlist/6r2lTHK…

YouTube (partial): https://www.youtube.com/watch…

2018/05 Mixtape

Enjoy the jimmy jams!

“Safari Song,” Greta Van Fleet
“Wedding Daze,” Daniel Wilson
“Fallingwater,” Maggie Rogers
“Kontroll,” Det Stora Monstret
“Misbehaving,” Labrinth
“America!,” Bill Callahan
“Nervous,” Shawn Mendes
“Nameless, Faceless,” Courtney Barnett
“Saxophone Quartet: Movement II,” Philip Glass, Brooklyn Rider
“Francisco,” Kadhja Bonet
“The List,” Moonchild
“Speed Queen,” Thunderpussy
“Girl,” Donna Missal
“Newsflash!,” NIKI
“Aponte,” Maria Bethânia
“Any Place,” Bahamas

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/princessofcairo/playlist/5oRZ0RpEp6H48vDYmmFNWn?si=kncP2ZOiRRqFsDBpp4AZ3g

YouTube (partial):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3wg5tfbFG-lA8hOcotrgg1fxyVxPM1hK

Two shows in Stockholm this week!

Busy week in Stockholm! I will be performing Wednesday 21 March at 21:00 as part of Jamming Stockholm, presented by the Music Fusion Collective, sharing the stage with Peter Fosso, Farshid Dalir and Lele Lele Orchestra. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/130061027672571/151726775505996

And on Friday 23 March I will take part in the Iaspis Open Studios event as part of a performance by Einat Amir. This event will run from 13:00-21:00, showcase the work of current Iaspis residency artists and designers, and include artist talks, lectures and performances. (Iaspis is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists.) For more information, please visit: https://www.konstnarsnamnden.se/default.aspx?id=21206

2018/03 Mixtape

Here's what I've been listening to lately:

  1. “You (feat. Tye Tribbett),” Snoop Dogg
  2. “Faded Heart,” BØRNS
  3. “Bad Bad News,” Leon Bridges
  4. “Lost on You,”LP
  5. “Hashamaim Hakchulim,” Assaf Amdursky
  6. “Go To Town,” Doja Cat
  7. “A Means to an End,” Garden City Movement
  8. “Undertow,” Dan Auerbach
  9. “Here Comes the Rain Again,” Dikla
  10. “Vagalumes Cegos,” Cicero
  11. “Evergreen,” YEBBA
  12. “Molokai on My Mind,” Blayne Asing
  13. “Caught in the Devil's Game,” The Darts (U.S.)
  14. “Atomic Dog 2017,” Meshell Ndegeocello
  15. “Human,” Rag'n'Bone Man

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/princessofcairo/playlist/0oD054w4blTybjSR7nbx9N?si=J-IOPcHSTr-DCUU9H1GjGQ

YouTube (partial): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkoX0lzos4s&list=PL3wg5tfbFG-ncbybq2B-AL4a50nh_grJD