A complex life is balanced by the duality of love and loss, with closure in the centre, stringing together a complex heart.

Closure is what helps us keep going - to acknowledge all we once had while moving forward to what's next. Sometimes it comes as a sign, or sometimes closure is gained after a conscious journey to find it. For Amber Mark, she welcomed both.

On her new stunning 3:33 EP, the New York talent documents that journey in great sonic detail through seven incredible tracks, which represent phases of her grieving period as she dealt with the death of her mother. For many nights, she looked for a way to turn pain into art. And when the words came to her deep into the early morning, she would look up to find the clock reading the same time, every time. It was at 3:33am when she found the strength she needed.

You're latest project 3:33am is out. How do you feel?

I'm feeling really happy. The feedback definitely feels good. It feels good to have it out.

The project is a dedication to your late mother and follows your process of grieving that major loss. It's incredible work. But is it a bittersweet moment for you?

Yes, I think that's actually the perfect word for the album. It's definitely one of those bittersweet projects. Lyrically, I think they are definitely more on the sadder side of things. I wanted to talk about the energy that I had felt after the loss of my mom. But I thought it was important to keep the production side of it more uplifting. It was important for me to be able to give something upbeat and uplift people who have gone through that.

Where did you find that positivity to create something with that much duality?

I just wanted songs that you could dance to. I wanted them to feel good. I didn't want all these sad ballads and stuff like that. That's how I started. I wrote songs that felt good to me. But then it was also just a major release of emotions and talking about how I felt. Almost like you could be my therapist, you know? I would put it all in a song. That's the power of music. Being able to let it all out was an incredible release, just to talk about it through song.

The project sounds like closure. You can go through something so traumatic and it still being a part of your life, but you're eventually able to live with it and turn it into something. That's closure to me.

Yep, that's exactly it.

I wanted to back up a bit and ask you about the time 3:33am. What is the significance there?

I've never really been a numbers or numerology person and I honestly don't even know what the number 3 really means in that whole theory, but it has always been this number that's really stood out in my life. My mom was born in 1953, my brother was born in 1983 and I was born in 1993. There was the three of us and then my mother, she eventually passed away on June 3 at 10:23 pm on the year 2013. And when I started writing all of that, I would tend to write at night. So I would try to start around 8 at night and go until like 7 in the morning. For the first few weeks that I tried to sit down and write, I would be in the zone and kind of come back into reality and I would check the time. And every time I checked it, it would always be 3:33am. So, it was kind of weirding me out.

You begin the project with the incredibly penned 'Regret' as a letter to your mom reflecting on the things you'll be missing out on in the future. What do you feel like she would be like in this period of your life now that you have this success as an artist? What would she say?

She was always really supportive of any art form that I did, whether it was me at 10-years-old trying to be a dancer or something like that, she was always supportive of it. I always wanted piano lessons and she couldn't afford them or anything but she would always try to get me books and stuff like that so I could teach myself. I think now, she would probably be like, 'I always knew that this was going to happen and that you were going to be successful.'

I know you never initially thought you would be self-producing your own stuff but you absolutely did on this new project. Where did the confidence and self-assurance come from that urged you to produce your own body of work?

I used to write demos and show producers and they'd say 'I get the sound you're trying to go for.' And then we'd work together and it just wasn't coming out the way I wanted it to. To the point where I'd listen to the tracks and I would be too embarrassed to show someone. So I knew that I could do this on my own. I was like, I know my sounds. So I just tried it. And it was the first one of my songs that I wanted to hear over and over again. It was confirmation.

What's so inspiring about your production specifically is it sounds like so many people produced it but it's just you and your inspirations. You can tell that you've travelled all over the world to places like Germany, Thailand, India. But then there's this sense of stability in your work. So for you, how do you define home?

Home is where your family is. That could just be your chosen family, like your best friend. Somewhere you can go at your worst emotional time. Home is, not necessarily when I was younger but now that I've been going back there so much, I think New York is definitely my home now. And that's because my god parents are there and they have a daughter that I'm close with. Her dad is pretty much my dad. My apartment building is their apartment building. So, for me, home is family. My manager is trying to get me to move to LA and I probably would do it if I didn't have my family there. I like to be close to home.

I saw you recently post on Twitter that this is probably the most important body of work you think you'll ever release. So for you personally, what are you most proud of in terms of what you've created?

I'm really proud of how I dealt with what I was going through. Sometimes when people go through things like this, it drives them crazy. And I definitely felt like there were times when I was going crazy but I'm proud of myself for expressing that emotion and turning it into something creative. In doing so, I can tell a story that everyone goes through eventually. I didn't expect as many people to connect with it as how many people are. It's beautiful to messages from people dealing with loss and saying the song have helped. It's almost like a release to them, because that's how I felt when I was writing it. That's the number one goal. There's nothing better than listening to a song and it immediately clicks with you emotionally, whether that's sad or happy. It's the most beautiful thing. So, to do that for other people, it's been the number one goal.