Emmy The Great shares new song “Rapids”
As she prepares to embark on her upcoming UK tour, EMMY THE GREAT has shared a brand new track entitled “Rapids”. It’s the first taste of new music from Emma Lee-Moss since her consecutive US tours with Beth Orton and Jens Lekman.
“I realized recently that music has been my longest relationship, and they do say relationships are hard.” Emma says of “Rapids”. “The process of making Second Love was a long process, and it changed me. Everything in my life being clearer now, I see that music has always been at its center, confounding or delighting me depending on its mood. Now that Second Love is finished and out in the world, I am eager to be making things and capitalizing on these new realizations. Rapids is the first result of pulling on this thread.
‘I wanted to write something to be released quickly, symbolically for myself, so that I know that the album cycle is over and it’s all new from here. The song ended up being about that tustle with music, about a question I am asking myself now- am I going to keep this relationship going or do I let it go? Could I even let it go? It’s a love song to music, and so I see it as the right link between Second love and what comes next. Watch this space for more, I guess.”
Earlier this year she released her critically acclaimed album Second Love on Bella Union. There is a distinct nod to her debut First Love, in terms of the storytelling that first impressed her lyrical and emotional dexterity upon so many. But on Second Love, Emma-Lee Moss delves into the chambers of a human heart ever-connected to the glare of a nearby screen. This is an album imbued with modern sounds, a nod to new eras, while maintaining the human warmth always associated with an ETG album. The songs are full of emotion and questioning, with the chatter of friends and collaborators “coded” into the sonic landscape.
Emma’s own life path – a move from London to Los Angeles then to New York – brought new perspectives. “Each time I was introduced to a new city, I got really quiet and observant. I’d be on a rooftop or in some weird LA backyard party, and someone would tell me something, and that sense of spontaneous connection would find its way into a song later.” How the future connects us, be it a constant reminder of our own mortality or a provocative and powerful celebration of human endurance, is at the core of Emmy The Great’s “Second Love.”
Emmy The Great will embark on a UK Tour beginning next week in Cardiff. Those dates below…
Monday 28 November – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
Tuesday 29 November – Gloucester – Guildhall
Thursday 01 December – York – Fibbers
Friday 02 December – Liverpool – Arts Club
Saturday 03 December – Sheffield – The Leadmill
Monday 05 December – Brighton – Green Door Store
Tuesday 06 December – London – The Village Underground