"Saraiya's upcoming Soundproof Box, her second album under her own name, showcases the performer's creative energy with intensity. Saraiya's vintage cabaret sound is drama in bold relief, swinging from playful to maudlin in a single measure." -- Jessica Hopper, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Produced and arranged by Mark Messing (Mucca Pazza) and recorded at Maestro-matic studios, Soundproof Box is Ami's follow up to her 2009 debut LP, Archaeologist and expands on the recording sessions that spawned last year's folk-punk and cabaret inspired three-song EP, Purging. Starting off with the Bacharach-ian jazz-pop instrumentation of the album's kickoff "I'm Pregnant," Soundproof Box once again showcases the way Ami and her backing band, The Outcome, can ingeniously wade from the dark theatrics of the title song to the Mexicali of "Serenade" or the stripped-down bad romance of "Glass Full of Blue." But it's Ami's voice—a strong, worldly presence that has been likened to Edith Piaf and Billie Holiday—that pulls it all together.
Ami is a veteran of Chicago's eclectic and varied music scene—before she released her first solo album, Archaeologist, Ami was a member of pop collective Radiant Darling and R&B band Pelvic Delta, and has toured locally and regionally with appearances at The Hideout, The Empty Bottle, Metro and Double Door. A classically-trained pianist and a former music major at Indiana University, Ami also plays accordion and the guitar. In October 2011, Ami was also awarded a $15,000 3Arts Award (http://3arts.org/artist/ami-saraiya/).