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Tracks & Sync of the Month: May

In collaboration with Universal Music Group, Amp.Amsterdam // The Sonic Branding Company will share a selection of recently released music each month.
At the beginning of each month, we take a moment to look back at a number of sync-friendly songs that were recently synced or released. Sit back, relax and listen to (or watch) our fifth edition of Tracks of the Month!

“Amazon Prime – Seperation”
Song: (There is) Always Something There To Remind Me
Writer: Burt Bacharach
Artist: Lou Johnson
Startdatum: 22 mei 2023


A couple that’s in the middle of a break up constantly gets reminded of each other due to Amazon Prime. The Burt Bacharach 1964 classic ‘(There Is) Always Something There To Remind Me’, performed by Lou Johnson, fits this commercial perfectly. The American composer is responsible for hundreds of hit songs from the 50s (o.a. ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ van Aretha Franklin,’Walk on By’ van Dionne Warwick). His specialty was writing for movies and musicals, which he has won multiple Grammy’s and Academy Awards for. 

Dominic Fike – Ant Pile
This American singer-songwriter had an unusual rise to fame: he managed to secure a 4 million dollar record deal while he was in jail.. He released his first EP ‘Don’t Forget About Me, Demos’ while he was in jail, and it became a huge hit. His single ‘3 Nights’ has more than 800 million streams on Spotify. 

Ever since then, his popularity has only increased: a role in the show Euphoria, collaborations with Justin Bieber and Paul McCartney and one of the new faces of Calvin Klein. His new track ‘Ant Pile’ is the second single of his upcoming album ‘Sunburn’. His album is inspired by the time he spent in Florida as a kid. 

Keywords: energetic, alt-rock, uptempo

Surfaces – Real Estate
This duo also had an interesting start of their career. They met each other through the internet. Forrest Frank and Colin Padalecki listened to each other’s music on SoundCloud, and when they found out that their colleges were only 30 minutes apart from each other, they decided to meet up and make music together. When they met for the first time, it was like they were meant to make music together. The duo has a unique sound with influences of different genres like pop, jazz, soul and R&B. They describe their music as peaceful, calm, sunny and wavy. You can definitely hear this in their newest single ‘Real Estate’. 

Ever since their 2017 breakout single ‘Sunday Best’, they’ve become popular in the world of sync. Their track ‘Sheesh!’ with Tai Verdes was featured in a Pizza Hut commercial. Their music can also be heard on the tv shows: ‘A Million Little Things’, ‘New Amsterdam’ and ‘Legacies’. 

Keywords: feel-good, laid back, pop

Bruno Major – Columbo
When the British singer songwriter left for Los Angeles in 2020, he rented a vintage 1978 Mercedes 380 SL and named it ‘Columbo’. Unfortunately, his beloved car met an early demise when it clashed into another vehicle. However, Major never forgot about his long lost pal and wrote his latest single ‘Columbo’ in its honor. Lost a car, but gained an album!

In 2021 Bruno Major scored the ultimate sync: his track was featured in a Super Bowl commercial for Alexa. 

Keywords: acoustic, soothing, soulful

Hannah Mae – Zonder
Hannah had her breakthrough back in 2019 with her song ‘Back To You’. She wrote this song for a PLUS (supermarket) commercial during an Amp.Amsterdam writing camp based on a client briefing. The song has been streamed over 17 million times on Spotify and is featured on popular playlists like “Easy on Friday”

After a recent number one hit in Flanders together with Belgian singer Metejoor, Hannah released her latest single ‘Zonder’ last month. An uptempo song about a breakup.

Kernwoorden: uptempo, catchy, breakup 

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