An Invitation

by Amber Foil

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Gareth Page My 'album of the year' 2017, An Invitation combines imaginative storytelling (part Victorian cautionary tale, part Grimm fairytale) with 70's referenced prog rock. The whole concept and package has a deceptive DIY feel but it's very well put together and the sound is excellent.
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    A package designed and conceived with a lot of love, dedication and imagination. It has an organic feeling into it and it comes with the storybook printed on recycled paper. You may find other things inside depending on how well you explore the package.

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"A journey through the woods is more than a passage, more than a fragmentary sense of transition. It is in fact a rite, a tale of discovery with a sharp perception of the paths that lead your consciousness to the heart of your self-being."

An Invitation sets the birth of Amber Foil and the beginning of a story.

Feel free to listen and discover.

Boost us by sharing the music, buying it or any other imaginative way you find out.


João Filipe -

Thanks to my family for supporting me and for believing in me with infinite love. Thanks to my friends for the never ending curiosity and interest.
Thanks to Diogo C., João P., Guilherme, Célia R. and Vasco V. for the magic.
Thanks to Manuel Cardoso who was much more than a producer.

And, without any particular order, I also want to thank to:
Laura Irmer for the inspirational tips on "The Forest" lyrics, Rebecca Shapiro for reviewing strange english poetical stuff, Gino Vitalli for the singing tips, Nuno Henriques for helping me to clear up my path, João P. Nunes for introducing me to Gong, Linda Koncz for the video recordings, Nicholas Ratcliffe for introducing me to Prog and for making me discover my composition vein, Bárbara Lagido for the amazing vocal insights, Mário Fonseca for all the technical support.


We are committed to good sound dynamics so we don't
participate in the loudness war. We master our work at low levels but maintaining all the original full dynamics.


released November 1, 2016

Produced by Manuel Cardoso (Tantra)

Vocals, Guitars - João Filipe
Vocals - Célia Ramos
Bass - João Pascoal (Griot)
Drums - Diogo Contreras (Lotus Fever)
Analogue Synthesizers on "Machinery Haze" - Guilherme Luz
Piano/Vibraphone on "The Forest" - Vasco Vilhena
Ending guitar solos on "Machinery Haze" and "Perception of an Unknown" - Manuel Cardoso
Voice in "Machinery Haze" - Manuel Cardoso

"The Forest" lyrics by João Filipe

Story & Concept by João Filipe with Pedro Barão wand's touch

Composed by João Filipe

Drums composition and occasional keyboards by Manuel Cardoso

Drums recorded at Crossover Studios

Drums Recording Engineer - José Pedro Ataíde

Mixed and Mastered by Manuel Cardoso

Physical Edition Art Direction and Foreword by Pedro Barão

Artwork Cover by Pedro Barão


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Amber Foil Lisbon, Portugal

An imaginary presence that guides you through a world of progressive music, illustrations and stories.

Created with a DIY spirit and a lot of inspiration under the warm Lisbon sun.

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Track Name: The Forest
Streams of happiness
Streams of melancholia
Streams of noise pulling the sun away
The sun away

Far away from
The city’s paranoia
Far away from the steamy dark alleys
Create my trail

I walk
Into the woods
Longing for completeness

The branches
Torn apart
Around me
As the melodies start to sound

A dance of blurry thoughts
Like a stillness within me
Something’s hiding behind the trees
Sleepless forest

Visiting my own void
That fairy-tales created
The years pass and reality
Seems an illusion

Keep walking
Not knowing where to
Trusting something

The branches
Torn apart
I see a house
I wonder what it could be

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