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Mirah Announces Release Of Changing Light EP

On her fifth solo album, Mirah breaks it down and builds it back up again with the street smarts that only years behind the wheel of love can inspire. Ready with the maps and driven to the rhythms on the radio dial, Changing Light’s ten songs carry you from heartbreak to wholeness and all the places in between. Mirah’s recently announced the upcoming album for a May 13 release date on hew own imprint, Absolute Magnitude Recordings, with support from K Records. Pitchfork shared the shapeshifting first album single Oxen Hope, along with full album details. Mirah has also recently revealed anthemic album closer Radiomind with Stereogum. Mirah’s new website and album pre-order are now live.

Mirah

Mirah

Uprooted from her home after a scorching break-up, Mirah spent four years rambling and recording. Tracks were laid down in almost two dozen houses and apartments — from the Northwest to Southern California to the East Coast. Sparse demos were recorded with co-producer Christopher Doulgeris in Portland and Los Angeles. Embellishments were then added by a slew of friends and collaborators, including Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Mary Timony, Emily Wells and Heather McEntire (Mount Moriah). In Philadelphia, Mirah and her sister Emily Zeitlyn (Divers) penned “LC” an homage to childhood inspiration Leonard Cohen. Seattle-based composer Jherek Bischoff drew up intricate string arrangements which were recorded in the living rooms of each individual player. And Tune-Yards producer Eli Crews co-produced several tracks with Mirah in her new hometown of Brooklyn, New York.

Changing Light’s reassuring compass is found in Mirah’s shimmering vocals and incisive descriptions.  There is yearning (Gold Rush and Fleetfoot Ghost) and hot anger (Goat Shepherd) but no shortage of lyrical and musical playfulness. Whether it be the T. Rex-inspired rough edges of Radiomind, the rollicking lo-fi bang-and-pop of Goat Shepherd or the lush pop balladry of Turned the Heat Off, the album corrals string sections and vintage synths with horns, a multitude of guitar tones and over driven drums. With calm and clamour, Mirah brings us all closer together through her universal honesty and occasional use of the vocoder.

“It’s a break-up record. It has some moments of darkness, some twists and turns but ultimately, there’s a resolution,” says Mirah.  So much can happen in four years, even forgiveness.” While Mirah has been making independent pop records for well over a decade, Changing Light is the debut release on her new imprint, Absolute Magnitude Recordings.

Changing Light EP will be released on May 13.

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Emily Wells Streams New Single, Mama’s Gonna Give You Love

Just after Emily Wells’ headline show at The Lexington in London last night, the Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist has unveiled a new stream of her single Mama’s Gonna Give You Love which includes a beautiful acoustic version and a remix by Jeremiah Jae. The track is taken from her album Mama which was released earlier this year through Partisan Records.

The startling contrast of the three versions of Mama’s Gonna Give You Love only emphasises what a diverse talent Emily Wells is; from the catchy original version of the song to nothing but Emily’s beautiful voice and delicate strings in the acoustic recording, all the way to unsettling, industrial drones in the Jeremiah Jae remix.

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Emily Wells’ Releases Cover Of Haddaway’s What Is Love To Celebrate Her UK Tour Starting This Week

As Emily Wells prepares to embark on a full UK tour which starts this week, the Brooklyn musician reveals a striking cover of Haddaway’s dancefloor classic, What Is Love. Wells will also release her forthcoming single, Mama’s Gonna Give You Love, on December 16 through Partisan Records. The single is taken from her album Mama which was released earlier this year.

The mesmerising tones of Emily Wells are clear to see as she takes on this 90s dancefloor classic, completely transforming the track to make it her own. It offers a glimpse of what to expect from Emily’s enthralling live show as delicate violin strings are strewn against subtle dance-beats in a way that fall together so naturally.

You can catch Emily Wells live on the following dates:
7 Dec – Start The Bus – Bristol
8 Dec – Ruby Lounge – Manchester
9 Dec – Belgrave Music Hall – Leeds
10 Dec- King Tuts – Glasgow
11 Dec – Whelans – Dublin
12 Dec – Cookie Jar – Leicester
14 Dec – Bogeiz – Cardiff
15 Dec – Sticky Mikes – Brighton
16 Dec – The Boilerroom – Guildford
17 Dec – Lexington – London

Emily Wells

Emily Wells

Best known for a combination of subtle hip-hop inflections strewn against her recognisable feline vocals, Emily Wells’ music is somehow simultaneously delicate yet deeply effective. The UK release of Mama followed Emily Wells’ contribution to the soundtrack for Park Chan-Wook’s psychological thriller, Stoker, for which she recorded track, Becomes The Colour.

From the start of her career, Wells’ musical interests were simply too wide ranging for just one instrument. Trained as a classical violinist, the Texan soon created her own sonic spaceship; an ever-growing pulsating arsenal of synthesisers, effects pedals and toy instruments all tied together with live sampling and a genre-agnostic approach that is diverse, distinctive and utterly her own. Honing her sound on a series of independent releases including an acclaimed cover of The Notorious B.I.G.’s classic, Juicy, it was these initial glimpses and the countless live dates both as bandleader and solo performer that carved out the musician she has become today.

Emily Wells is an artist whose innate complexities lift her out of that particular stable and into a realm all of her own and with a live show that is diverse, distinctive and utterly her own, it’s a performance not to be missed.

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Emily Wells To Release New Single, Mama’s Gonna Give You Love

In support of her current European tour, with an array of UK dates in December, Brooklyn-based Emily Wells has announced that Mama’s Gonna Give You Love will be the next single to be released from her album Mama that was released earlier this year. Mama’s Gonna Give You Love is set for release on December 16, the day before Emily plays a headline London show at The Lexington on 17 December.

Emily Wells

Emily Wells

Piercing violins open this track and give way to the delicate drones of Emily’s voice. The power of these strings against the thumping electronic beats creates something quite fragile within the otherwise authoritative song.

 

You can catch Emily Wells live on the following dates:
15 Nov – Atlas – Aarhus (dk)
16 Nov – Posten – Odense (dk)
18 Nov- L’Espace B – Paris (fr)
20 Nov – Grabenhalle – St Gallen (ch)
21 Nov – La Graviere – Geneva (ch)
22 Nov – Zukunft – Zurich (ch)
23 Nov – Frauenraum @ Reitschule – Bern (ch)
24 Nov – Designmuseum – Nürnberg (de)
27 Nov- Babylon – Istanbul (tr)
28 Nov – Autumn Falls (Botanique) – Brussels (be)
29 Nov- Luxor Live – Arnhem (nl)
30 Nov – Le Guess Who – Utrecht (nl)
1 Dec – Blue Shell – Köln (de)
2 Dec – Prinzenbar – Hamburg (de)
3 Dec – Kantine Am Berghain – Berlin (de)
4 Dec – Beatpol – Dresden (de)
5 Dec – Brotfabrik – Frankfurt (de)
7 Dec – Start The Bus – Bristol (UK)
8 Dec – Ruby Lounge – Manchester (UK)
9 Dec – Belgrave Music Hall – Leeds (UK)
10 Dec- King Tuts – Glasgow (UK)
11 Dec – Whelans – Dublin (IE)
12 Dec – Cookie Jar – Leicester (UK)
14 Dec – Bogeiz – Cardiff (UK)
15 Dec – Sticky Mikes – Brighton (UK)
16 Dec – The Boilerroom – Guildford (UK)
17 Dec – Lexington – London (UK)

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Emily Wells Announces UK Tour For December

The Texan native, Emily Wells, is preparing to embark on an exclusive 10 date tour around the United Kingdom.

Wells celebrates her debut UK double-album Mama which was released earlier this year. The 10 track album came complete with a separate disc of acoustic recordings of the record.

Emily Wells broke into the public eye with her album The Symphony Dream Memories and Parties which included the popular Symphony 1 Barrel of a Gun. Since then she has continued to catch the attention of the music industry with her unique blend of instrumental accompaniment to her emotive slam poetry–esque lyrics.

Emily Wells

Emily Wells

Wells looks to build on her coverage with gigs from the 7 December right through to the 17 December. Wells opens the tour with an intimate gig in Start the Bus located in the centre of Bristol. The gigs continue around the United Kingdom stopping off at Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Dublin, Leicester, Cardiff, Brighton, Guildford with the tour coming to an end at the Lexington located in the nation’s capital. The majority of Emily Wells’ tour dates over the years have been in the U.S however these 10 gigs in early December give Wells’ UK following the chance to catch her live.

Tour dates below:
07 Dec- Start The Bus – Bristol
08 Dec – Ruby Lounge – Manchester
09 Dec – Belgrave Music Hall – Leeds
10 Dec – King Tuts – Glasgow
11 Dec – Whelans – Dublin
12 Dec – Cookie Jar – Leicester
14 Dec – Bogeiz – Cardiff
15 Dec – Sticky Mikes – Brighton
16 Dec – The Boilerroom – Guildford
17 Dec – Lexington – London

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Emily Wells Announces First Ever UK Live Date and the Release of New Video for Acoustic Version of Single Darlin’

As Emily Wells prepares to release her album Mama out on June 3 through Partisan, she is pleased to confirm her first ever UK live date at Water Rats in London on June 4. Emily will also be supporting Kurt Vile on his tour for three dates across Europe.

After appearing alongside Clint Mansell and Philip Glass on the soundtrack for Park Chan-Wook’s recent psychological thriller Stoker, the incredibly talented Emily Wells recently unveiled her upcoming single Darlin’. She has now also released a video of her performing the latest track acoustically. Darlin’ is one of the more dramatic tracks on her debut album, Mama. It has a psychedelic feel to it with bassy tones combined with floating, airy harmonies. It’s anthemic to say the least. Although this song sounds reasonably upbeat, there’s definitely deeper, more sombre undertones to be heard. It’s a track that expresses humanity’s vulnerability through the lyrics, “If I had any sense/If I had my innocence/I’d take you home with me…”. The acoustic version of Darlin’ strips out the psychedelic and anthemic parts to leave a completely raw, breath-taking song. It’s set for release on May 27.

Emily Wells

Singer songwriter Emily Wells

Darlin’ gives a beautiful glimpse of what to expect from forthcoming album Mama which combines subtle hip-hop inflections and wide-ranging sounds with Emily’s distinctive feline vocals, creating a record that is simultaneously light and delicate with a bold punch of personality.

Contrasting with the heavy layering and electronics of the original, the European version of Mama sees Wells re-imagining the entire record acoustically for a second disc and mirror version. These fresh renditions of an already unique record are stunningly austere, recorded solely with voice and guitar. Emily Wells has stripped off her own armour, leaving only her crystalline voice and equally unambiguous song writing on display.

From the start of her career, Wells’ musical interests were simply too wide ranging for just one instrument. Trained as a classical violinist, the Texan soon created her own sonic “spaceship,” an ever-growing pulsating arsenal of synthesizers, effects pedals and toy instruments all tied together with live sampling. This is a musician whose live show is diverse, distinctive and utterly her own – a performance not to be missed.

See Emily Wells live:
June 4 – London Water Rats
June 6 – Berlin, Germany Bi Nuu*
June 7 – Cologne, Germany Gebaude 9*
June 8 – Paris, France La Maroquinerie*
June 9 – Gent, Belgium Huiskamer Ernest

* supporting Kurt Vile

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Emily Wells Mama – Album Review

After appearing alongside Clint Mansell and Philip Glass on the soundtrack for Park Chan-Wook’s recent psychological thriller Stoker with her track Becomes the Colour, Emily Wells prepares to release her debut UK album.

Her album Mama is out on June 3 via Partisan. It combines subtle hip-hop inflections and wide-ranging sounds with Emily’s distinctive feline vocals, creating a record that is simultaneously light and delicate with a bold punch of personality. Contrasting with the heavy layering and electronics of the original album, the UK version of Mama sees Wells re-imagining the entire record acoustically for a second disc and mirror version. These fresh renditions of an already unique record are stunningly austere, recorded solely with voice and guitar. Emily Wells has stripped off her own armour, leaving only her crystalline voice and equally unambiguous songwriting on display.

Mama was recorded in a cabin on a horse ranch in Tapanga Canyon last year. Most of the instruments featured on the record were recorded and produced by Wells. With Wells’ background being classical (she is a trained classical violinist), you wouldn’t expect her to play or produce the music she does.

Emily Wells

Singer songwriter Emily Wells

The first track Piece Of It breaks the album in very gently. It’s deceiving in some ways as it’s an extremely simple and slow song unlike the rest of the album. Even so, it’s a fantastic track with whispering vocals, soothing acoustic guitar and pleasant ringing tones. Usually, an explosive song is used for a first track on an album but not in this instance. Piece Of It draws the listener in with its meditative style music and memorable lyrics.

Track two Dirty Sneakers and Underwear is where Wells’ hip-hop influences shine through. The  male vocals which she harmonises with add another layer to an already intriguing track. Musically, Dirty Sneakers and Underwear has a Lounge feel to it with hip-hop style rapping. Wells’ really does know how to produce unusual songs that leak so many different influences. Dirty Sneakers and Underwear swaps from hip-hop to lounge to world to alternative and back again. The next track Mama’s Gonna Give You Love blends R ‘n’ B drum beats with folk inspired vocals. Wells’ raps again in this number but combines it with deep bassy, Lounge inspired tones. It works surprisingly well although this song may be one of the more difficult tracks to get into on the record. The chorus will continually float around in your head as will those deep bassy tones that will continue to ring in your ears.

Johnny Cash’s Mama’s House is a great summer track with relaxed vocals against the back drop of lazy strings and softly played drums. The banjo towards the end introduces faint folk influences. The whole song is very cleverly mixed and produced so certain instruments can be heard at different times. It highlights all the diverse influences that make Wells’ music so intriguing.

Let Your Guard Down is the most breath-taking track on Mama. It’s the only song with strong blues influences seeping through every layer. Wells’ vocals will send a shiver down your spine. It’s a raw track with outstanding vocals, raw drums and a soft blues rock feel. This song wouldn’t sound amiss in the 60s or 70s as it has a very experimental rock sound to it. This track would be amazing performed live. Wells’ vocals are packed full of emotion and passion while the gentle blues music that accompanies them help to bring all that emotion to a head. The lyrics in this song are also some of the best on the record. The lyrics “You got a house in the desert/Got a house by the sea/You got everything you wanted yeah everything but me/You let your guard down/Baby let your guard down…” and “All I ever knew about being in love is what I learnt from you/I let my guard down…I got a house in the country got a house by the sea/I got everything I wanted yeah everything but me/I let my guard down…” I’m sure everyone can relate to these lyrics. Let Your Guard down tells the same old story of trust and breaking that trust in relationships – the break down of a relationship leaves you with a sense that you’ve lost part of yourself. This song highlights humanity’s vulnerability.

Emily Wells

Emily Wells

No Good is another fantastically written song which showcases people’s lack of faith in themselves and the struggles some people face when entering into new relationships. The lyrics, “I’m no good at being loved…Wake up in your bed/Wake in a cherry tree/Falling out on the dewy ground you know how to touch a bruised body…” These lyrics really highlight the message behind this song. It’s a song about a vulnerable person who has scars from previous relationships and the willingness of the new partner to take that on. It has a wonderfully relaxing beat and brilliantly skatty vocals.

Darlin’ is one of the more dramatic tracks on Mama. It has a psychedelic feel to it with bassy tones combined with floating, airy harmonies. It’s anthemic to say the least. It’s also Emily Wells’ latest single to be released. Darlin’ can be heard here. Although this song sounds reasonably upbeat, there’s definitely deeper more sombre undertones to be heard. It’s also another track that expresses humanity’s vulnerability through the lyrics, “If I had any sense/If I had my innocence/I’d take you home with me…”

Emily Wells has produced a breath-taking album in Mama. It’s an album that showcases Wells’ talents in a raw and overly honest way. The lyrics capture the vulnerability of the human race. Mama captures the ups and downs of being human. It’s a rollercoaster ride as is life. Mama will inspire you in more ways than one.

Mama is out on June 3 through Partisan Records.

Emily Wells has just this week announced her first ever UK live date at Water Rats in London on June. Emily Wells will also be supporting Kurt Vile on his tour for three dates across Europe (dates below).

June 6 – Berlin, Germany Bi Nuu*
June 7 – Cologne, Germany Gebaude 9*
June 8 – Paris, France La Maroquinerie*
June 9 – Gent, Belgium Huiskamer Ernest
* supporting Kurt Vile

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