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Emmy the Great | 'S' | EP Review

The line at which potential becomes expectation is a blurred one, especially if you have a body of work as diverse and compelling  as that of Emma-Lee Moss – Emmy the Great to you and I.

Emmy is set to release her latest offering in the shape of brand new EP ‘S’ on January 26th. With previous recordings written and performed from an introspective state of reflection, ‘S’ takes a sideways step to radiate outward yet maintain the tone and flow which make it all her own.

Written during what may be termed as a somewhat nomadic period in Emmy’s life, the EP reflects the cultural diversity of the locations from which it was born (think Hong Kong, Tokyo, New York, London, LA and Salt Lake City). Add to this a sprinkle of downright class in the form of Tom Flemming’s guest vocal on lead single Swimming Pool, and those aforementioned expectations disperse , leaving a familiar warmth – immersing throughout.

There is no questioning the enchanting, dream-like quality of Emmy’s vocal – gloriously prevalent as lead single Swimming Pool unfolds. Dim your lights, pour yourself a glass of red and relax – that’s the way to listen to a track like this – let it engulf and transport you into a state of mind compulsory for the exploration of an uncomplicated yet beautifully layered piece of writing.

Perhaps a nod to a certain maturity which generally accompanies musical evolution, ‘S’ represents a slight artistic deviation. It’s a subtle change of angle from the London – based songstress – and how small changes may make a huge difference – it works so well.

“My previous recordings were a reflection of my internal world” explains Emmy. “But this is a record of me trying to engage with the outside. Over the course of travelling and touring over the past two years I inhabited many cities and landscapes. While I wrote this EP and the album that will follow, everything changed. As I wrote the songs I began to reflect more and more the world that I saw around me; incredibly bright, technologically breathtaking. I am curious about being a person in this world, and i tried to write that into the music.”

And that curiosity transpires. Social Halo explores the endlessly deep pool of self-awareness. Lyrically the track is universally relatable – unfolding layer upon layer of social taboo and the anxieties from which they invariably spout – perhaps the continuation of an almost sub-theme, the likes of which Emmy was never (and shall never be) shy to explore and ponder.

Solar Panels is something of a reversion to that familiar reflective state of which you may be slightly more accustomed. A track which builds to a synth-inspired crescendo and accompanied by a sweet yet dynamic vocal.

Rounded of with the captivating Somerset (I can’t get over) – which feels like the calm reflection of a broken relationship – ‘S’ paves the way for a promised (and long awaited) forthcoming album, further heightening our expectations of the creatively diverse Emmy the Great.

New EP ‘S’ is set for release on January 26th via Bella Union.