Anthony D’amato Goes West For His First Album In Six Years, At First There Was Nothing

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Anthony D’Amato is set to return this fall with At First There Was Nothing, his first new full-length album in six years, due out Oct 21st via Blue Rose. Watch the “charming” animated video for lush, pedal steel-laden first single “Ships In The Night” via The Boot, who raves that At First There Was Nothing “looks to be D’Amato’s most evolved and reflective project to date.”

Hailed by Rolling Stone for his “folk music raised on New Jersey grit,” D’Amato headed west to record At First There Was Nothing, relocating to American Fork, Utah, for sessions in the autumn and winter with celebrated songwriter and producer Joshua James. Bristling with joyful energy and piercing insight, the record emerged from a period of intense change and renewal, and the growth is palpable, with sprawling, unpredictable arrangements accompanying some of D’Amato’s most gripping and incisive lyrical work yet. Drawing on everything from hazy ’60s soul to rootsy ’70s rock and roll, the songs are loose and playful here, even as they grapple with faith and trust, mortality and loss, resilience and regret, all set against sweeping sonic backdrops every bit as epic and rugged as the landscapes that inspired them.

“Ships In The Night” is a song about longing and desire,” D’Amato reflects. “I imagined a narrator so filled with loneliness and regret that his nightly tears flood the streets until he just floats away, sailing off towards the horizon in search of something he never seems to find. Perhaps he’s a widower, perhaps he broke someone’s heart, perhaps he made some mistake he’s still trying to atone for. After writing so personally on my first two albums, it was a real joy to step outside of myself on this record and create whole fantastical worlds for characters like this to inhabit and explore.”

Watch The Video For “Ships In the Night” HERE:

Pre-save HERE:

Pre-Order At First There Was Nothing HERE:

Back to top button