"16 Shades of Blue"

Amos gets proper credit as a drama-pop master (young soul-spillers from Perfect Pussy to Lorde owe her a debt), but she's often underrated as a sonic pathfinder. Here she marries twitchy, low-key electronic burble with confessional piano massaging for a subtle, intense song about the way good art (Cezanne, specifically) can beat bad times.

From The Archives Issue 1209: May 22, 2014