Anthony D’Amato Navigates Through Heartbreak in ‘Ships in the Night’ [PREMIERE]
Accomplished singer-songwriter Anthony D'Amato yearns for a love that will turn the tides in his aching new story-song "Ships in the Night," which is premiering exclusively today (Aug. 17) at The Boot.
"'Ships in the Night' is a song about longing and desire," D'Amato tells The Boot. "I imagined a narrator so filled with loneliness that his nightly tears flood the streets until he and all his neighbors float away, sailing off towards the horizon in search of some long lost love. Perhaps he's a widower, perhaps he broke someone's heart in his younger years, 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."
The track's accompanying lyric video features charming illustrations that echo the song's wistful, lovelorn sentiment.
Watch the official lyric video for "Ships in the Night" below:
Out this Friday (Aug. 19), "Ships in the Night" serves as the engaging first single from At First There Was Nothing, which marks D'Amato's third studio album and first full-length release in six years. Ready for a change of scenery, the longtime New York City resident travelled to American Fork, Utah for a series of recording sessions with acclaimed songwriter and producer Joshua James.
"I've been a fan of Joshua James since I was in high school, when I roadtripped down to North Carolina to see him perform for the first time," D'Amato explains. "A few years ago, we got paired up for some shows in Sweden, and that's when I found out he'd built his own studio out in Utah. I love to kind of reinvent myself on every record, so the idea of going out to Utah and working with Joshua as the producer and using all of his local guys as my band was really exciting to me."
Their time in the studio resulted in what looks to be D'Amato's most evolved and reflective project to date, which builds off the honest lyricism found at the core of his 2014 debut The Shipwreck from the Shore and his 2016 follow-up LP Cold Snap. The New Jersey native takes his biggest leap forward sonically, sourcing creative inspiration from a range of influences, from classic 1960s soul to rollicking, roots-driven rock and roll from the 1970s.
Along with his solo work, D'Amato also serves as one fourth of the NYC-based supergroup Fantastic Cat, alongside fellow singer-songwriters Don DiLego, Brian Dunne, and Mike Montali. The band, who just released their first record The Very Best of Fantastic Cat on July 28, made their national television debut this past weekend (Aug. 13) on CBS Saturday Morning, which you can watch here.