Amelia Moore Comments on Toxic People in Relationships in “teaching a robot to love”
Rising artist, Amelia Moore, released her debut EP, teaching a robot to love last week. Originally from Lawrenceville (a town outside Atlanta), Moore now lives in California – a journey she dubs “from homeschool to Hollywood.” Her rise to fame has been quick since her debut with Capitol Records in “sweet and sour” late last year. She has amassed over forty-three million combined global streams to date. She will also be playing her first ever headlining show at The Sunrose in Los Angeles; following her recent sold-out North American tour with FLETCHER.
The EP was recorded with producers Pink Slip and Iverness in Los Angeles. Overall, each line and every word contains a poetic power that holds the listener’s hand and takes them through the journey of processing through a dramatic and relatable retelling of her first love and first loss. Then came a recognition that “love is what separates us from the robots,” as Amelia puts it.
What I wanted to do in the title of the project is give people another word to describe their partner, instead of “toxic,” or “emotionless”… no babe; we are going to call these people “robots.” There is a specific type of person that fit this, and I would love for this to become a part of typical conversation… spilling the tea with your girlies at brunch and they’re like, “This guy’s a red flag; he’s a robot. This one’s gotta end.” I think that would be really fierce.
But also, I really hope that the listeners that hear this music will feel heard and feel seen, and know that if they ever felt like they had to teach a robot how to love before, so have I, and it’s an experience that sucks, but I read something that stuck with me: “new beginnings often hide themselves in endings.” It’s what I really felt this project was for me. It was an ending, and it was a new beginning. Always look out for the new beginnings.
~ Amelia Moore
Keep reading to hear our thoughts about this brilliant EP. All we can say for now is that we are eager to hear what Amelia has yet to offer.
The “intro” to the EP is just under two minutes. While under first expectations, you’d expect something along the lines of an interlude, or a prequel. While, yes, the track depicts a small taste of what’s to come, it’s just as essential to the listening experience as each other song. It’s the beginning of a cycle that later on is repeated in the full during the EP’s last song, “teaching a robot to love.”
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“i feel everything” describes the topic of the EP, as the leading single, it shares the dynamic of the couple in question, where the love is not only unrequited at one point, but feeling is manipulated, used against her, and made to make her look crazy. As she battles and conflicts with her own sense of humanity, she openly expresses and comes to the realization that “feeling” is not a bad thing.
“IFE_outro_V4_AM_24b.wa” is a short continuation of the previous track. Focusing on the story, this interlude quickly explains the meaning of the track, and the meaning behind the EP in its entirety.
Do you really not feel anything, or are you just afraid of talking about it? I don’t know… or are you just a robot? Are you literally just a f***ing robot? If you’re a robot, just tell me… don’t make me feel like I’m crazy for being a human being.
“vinegar” is an expression of humanity at its peak; feeling deeply and hurting openly. As a dramatic rip open of emotion, Amelia’s expression lyrically and vocally intensifies the experience of the track and the performance that is open and vulnerable in a way that many will be able to cling to and relate with effortlessly. Amelia’s expression of her humanity clashes with a sci-fi inspired beat as she sings openly in the chorus: “I’ve tried everything but vinegar/pour it in my body/where it hurts/like a pity party/you couldn’t tell I’d go through hell I’ll go through hell again/just to get it out.”
As the conclusion track of Amelia Moore’s debut EP, title track “teaching a robot how to love” is the last chapter in the cycle, a full realization of her identity and newfound confidence in herself.
Elements of this track echo that of the introduction of the EP, inspiring listeners to continue repeating their listening experience. Is this an intentional statement in how these kinds of unloving relationships continue to circulate into a psychosis of repeating again and again, out of the manipulation that occurs, and the “Stockholm Syndrome” symptoms that could arise from within the psyche? Maybe… but maybe, it purely echoes these elements for the sake of sticking to the thematics and the drama that is encased within.
In conclusion, teaching a robot to love is filled with infectious melodies that sink its teeth in and linger, spreading through the brain long after the songs are complete. Each visual Amelia Moore has provided, too, are gripping. Bold oranges paint vividly against the atmospheres of black and white. And each lyric instills feeling that has been long lost in many typical love songs today. Each song contains an essence of the old soul, refreshed and made new in her own unique way while showcasing her vocal talents in their fullest through the pacing of each track’s storytelling and passionate lyricism.
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