Songs from the living room: Amelie Siba’s critically acclaimed debut album

Amelie Siba, photo: Tereza Kunderová / Czech Radio

Young Czech solo artist Amelie Siba has recently won the Apollo music critics’ award for Czech album of the year for her debut LP, called Dye My Hair. It was released last year, when she was only 17, and received rave reviews from the critics. 

Amelie Siba’s debut album "Dye My Hair" proves that good songs often need nothing more than an acoustic guitar and good lyrics.

Siba is the youngest artist ever nominated for the Apollo Award. At the awards ceremony, which took place early in March, she left behind such well-known bands as Tata Bojs and Květy or singer Lenka Dusilová.

Amelie Siba wrote her first lyrics when she was a teenager at a summer camp. From the beginning, she has written her lyrics in English. Siba grew up listening to British singers who she says had a great influence on her work.

The songs on the album "Dye My Hair" were all created in Siba’s living room. She conceived, recorded and mixed her album all by herself. In the fragile and intimate songs, she reflects on her own experiences of growing up, on her relationships and on falling in love.

Siba admits the sound of the songs may not be perfect. However, she says her own creative independence and authenticity are essential to her work. The result is an incredibly mature debut album for such a young artist.

Authors: Ruth Fraňková , Daniela Honigmann
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