Toronto, ON – March 22, 2019 – AMAARA is the ethereal pop music and multi-media project of Kaelen Ohm. Today, she releases a stunning cover of Radiohead’s House Of Cards. In addition, AMAARA will be sharing new music on the road, opening for RY X on select dates, including New York, Montreal, Toronto and Chicago. See below for details. Watch the lyric video for House Of Cards and stream the song here.

“The Radiohead cover was recorded in my studio in Toronto on Dufferin at Queen Street West two years ago, prior to the building being torn down. A couple of friends and I played musical chairs and got it done in a couple of half day sessions,” AMAARA says of the creative process. “I held on to the recording thinking I wanted to spend more time with the mix, then it sort of ended up on the back burner. I recently revisited it and realized it was finished. Thom Yorke is an artist I highly respect in so many ways. This song has always been one of my favourite Radiohead songs since I heard In Rainbows in 2007.”

With plans to work on new music throughout 2019, House Of Cards is a highlight of AMAARA’s return to music from a brief hiatus, as she has been heavily pursuing her acting career. The results include being one of eight actors to attend the Actors Conservatory at the Canadian Film Centre, and her first lead role in an independent feature film.

A musician, actor and award winning filmmaker, Ohm began AMAARA as a basement project in between tours as a guitarist and singer for Canadian band, Reuben and The Dark. AMAARA’s debut EP, Black Moon, was released in 2017. Watch a video for the title track, and listen to album single, Dreamcatcher.

The six-track EP featured guest appearances by Charles Spearin of Broken Social Scene, L.A. Guitarist/Producer Joel Shearer, and Grammy-winning Producer/Engineer Shawn Everett. Recorded at OCL Studios in Calgary and at The Banff Centre, as well as pieces in Ohm’s basement in Calgary and Shearer’s home in Topanga Canyon, L.A., Ohm calls the album a practice in creative self-trust. 

“It was time for me to birth something musically that came from deep within my heart without too much outside influence or without doing something too specific. I learned a lot making this EP though in some ways I feel I’ve already personally outgrown it and am ready to do something new and different.”

The title track, and My Ocean, were performed solely by Ohm aside from guest cello appearance by Clea Anaïs of Raleigh on My Ocean. With explosive orchestral drums, soaring synths and haunting vocals, the songs on Black Moon explore themes of womanhood, water, connection to the cosmos and the journey through the dark side of the mind. 

March 23 – Murmurr – New York, NY
March 24 – National – Montreal, QC
March 25 – The Great Hall – Toronto, ON

March 26 - Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL

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