“We Almost Had A Baby” (Acoustic) (right click to download)By Emmy The Great
The futures female, the futures electro, I know this because the N.M.E. said so, so it must be true. Nowt wrong with that of course, but maybe a listen to Emmy The Great’s remarkable debut long player “First Love” will convince you not to rush off and trade in your guitars for a “Tenori-on” just yet. Emma-Lee Moss has been steadily working her way up from the indie underground, and her album has been a long time coming but thankfully it’s been well worth the wait. With lyrics sharper than Oscar Wilde’s freshly sharpened quill drizzled in lemon juice and the sort of musicianship that should make many on the various “ones to watch in 09″ lists hang their heads in shame , it has instant classic written all over it.
In an age where the music business is fast becoming a place of refuge for frustrated IT technicians, whose musical ability seems to consist of nothing more than being able to whistle in tune occasionally, it’s nice to encounter a band who seem so effortlessly talented, and who really care about what they do.
Thursdays show proved without a shadow of a doubt why Emmy and her band are indeed “Great” and Liverpool “Academy Two” was the perfect setting to showcase their album. It’s an intimate venue with wonderful acoustics that tends to bring out the best in most bands. Ex-Lovers provided the support and produced a tight, hugely enjoyable set which included a number of stand out tunes such as “Weightless” “Just A Silhouette” and “Phone Booth”, and managed to conjure up the ghosts of classic 4AD bands past. Their performance more than suggested they have the potential to progress to much bigger things. (Free mp3 here)
By the time Emmy took to the stage , noise merchants Testament were in full throttle next door at “Academy One“-“unleashing hell,” no doubt .. and giving many the impression that the venue next door was undergoing some major building works ! It was the sort of cacophonous racket that set the walls a-shaking, and prompted Emmy to say “Wow they rock! Shall we listen to them?” Thankfully we were spared that dubious pleasure and instead witnessed Emmy and the band perform a flawless set that when it wasn’t shot through with brilliance, was merely magnificent. The crowd were enraptured as Emmy scattered songs amongst them like pearls from a broken necklace, whether it was the 60s-style girl group pop of “We Almost Had A Baby” or the sparse sublime contemplative beauty of “On The Museum Island” the results were uplifting, moving, and life affirming.
After the show there was a real sense of camaraderie between the bands and Emmy was charming, engaging and great fun. The band even sprang to my defence as an over enthusiastic security guard insisted I had apparently contravened every Health and Safety regulation known to man, by not wearing a magical backstage wristband, and insisted I left the premises forthwith. Despite the bands protestations he would not be swayed and was only mollified when said wristband was produced and strapped onto my person… (thanks guys!) Still if there’s a better way to spend a Thursday evening, I’ve yet to discover it! As I left Emmy gave me a CD telling me that this was the proper version and quite different from the “promo” version. After listening to the “CD proper” it does seem to be a more rounded, expansive sound, and reveals subtle nuances that aren’t hidden by overproduction, it just makes a great album even greater. If this album doesn’t make Emmy a star, then serious questions should be asked in the Houses of Parliament. The status of “genius” and “legend” are often bestowed upon people a little too liberally these days, but as I reflected upon the evening I felt maybe I’d been in the presence of both! If you get the chance to see Emmy The Great live seize it, because it’s everything music should be.
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Emmy The Great Live In Liverpool
“First Love” By Emmy The Great