Calle Ameln - 'I Know My Whiskey'

Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.

In this morning’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Calle Ameln, a Swedish singer songwriter that I’ve previously showcased twice here on the website. His last release, a full album entitled ‘Revolution On The Rocks,’ was released over the summer, and I lauded it for being an album “worth having on your radar if country pop rock is something that appeals to you.” Ameln’s style is fun, infectious, and very well produced. He’s got a new song on the horizon. How does it stack up to its predecessors? Let’s find out.

‘I Know My Whiskey’ is one of Ameln’s most fascinating singles to date for several reasons. First of all, it dabbles into further ‘pop’ compositional territory, incorporating borderline electronic influence in his country rock style. It’s quite suiting to Ameln, and the result is a very radio-friendly, danceable, track that handles its production tactfully enough to not feel over-produced.

Underneath that, however, ‘I Know My Whiskey’ houses some of Ameln’s most profound lyricism. The track, which is about knowing one’s limits with destructive vices like alcohol, is one of Ameln’s more relatable and intense lyrical jaunts. “It ain’t gonna’ give me a kiss goodnight,” Ameln realizes in a chorus that ends with an uplifting message: it ain’t going to kick him back down again.

I’m not sure if Ameln has struggled with any sort of alcoholism, but I’m sure someone who has could relate to this track. Furthermore, I’m sure anyone with a destructive habit inhibiting their lifestyle could learn a thing or two from ‘I Know My Whiskey.’ It’s catchy, sure, but it’s also a cautionary tale worth heeding.