By Mary Chang on Thursday, 24th May 2012 at 6:00 pm
Emmy the Great has self-described the mini-film / promo for ‘God of Loneliness’ as a ‘horror rom-com’ starring none other than Isy Suttie (Peep Show) and Shazad Latif (Spooks). Filmed in West London’s Trellick Tower by Chris Boyle, it’s a kooky, weird and altogether unsettling video that reminds me a bit of a scene out of Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
If this is too eerie for you, read Martin’s review of the single here.
Emmy The Great’s album ‘Virtue’ has been out for nearly a year now; she’s decided not enough people have heard it, so a deluxe version is on its way in order to tempt those who haven’t yet made a purchase. With the usual ‘deluxe’ trimmings, and more rare tracks and remixes, this is a release both for the Emmy completist, and for those who are just falling under the spell of the jewel-voiced Ms Moss for the first time.
To announce the new release, ‘God Of Loneliness’ is being released as a single. Given that the album documents a particularly sudden breakup, this song fits right in, documenting as it does a one-sided conversation between Emmy and her projected demons. Or in this case the demons are reimagined as a god, although a bittersweet one that appears on the death of a relationship, rather than an omnipotent being who looks after you in times of need. The instrumentation is gentle, and features sufficient melodic undulations and harp sweeps to make it quite a summery background ditty, if we ever get a summer in this glum, rainy country. As inoffensive as a chilled glass of sparkling rosé wine on a grassy slope, and possibly more of a ladies’ favourite; men might like something a bit chewier to go with their post-breakup blues.
B-side ‘Fade Into You’ is a cover of Mazzy Star’s most famous song, and adds just a bit more vim to the original. Whether or not the song needed more vim, or struck just the right languorous tone the first time around is not clear. What is clear is that the song is a lovely, dreamy waltz with distant guitars and deserves another hearing. Just the soundtrack if you’re sharing that glass of sparkling rosé with a special someone.
Intriguingly, the single is accompanied by a ‘horror rom-com’ short film set in Emmy’s favourite brutalist tower block, Erno Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower, which inspired a track on ‘Virtue’. As a connoisseur of brutalism, it’s great news every time an example pops up in pop culture. This particular building has led a charmed, media friendly existence, having appeared in several music videos including Blur’s ‘For Tomorrow’, and benefits from residing in the well-off Kensington and Chelsea borough of London. Certainly modernist, but due to the softening of its concrete expanses with numerous windows and walkways, maybe less brutal than impolite. Due to its location, fame, and listed status, Trellick Tower is to be spared the ignominy of demolition which is befalling so many of its contemporary brethren. The song gets an extra point for bringing up the topic of brutalism.
The deluxe version of ‘Virtue’ is out now. ‘God of Loneliness’ was released as a single last week (the 7th of May) on Close Harbour. Grab the Dems remix of the song on this previous MP3 of the Day post.
By Mary Chang on Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 10:00 am
Nothing like a little bit of sibling love. London band Dems features Emmy the Great‘s (Emma-Lee Moss) brother, so she gave us the heads-up on a remix of her forthcoming single ‘God of Loneliness’, out in May, that Dems did. Listen to and download the remix below.
So they made a video for their song ‘Home for the Holidays’. It’s off their holiday themed (of course) album ‘This is Christmas’, released in November on Infectious. I suppose this could have gone cloyingly sugary sweet but Emmy and Tim reined this in and this will be an indie Christmas classic for years to come. They’re also giving away album track ‘Christmas Day (I Wish I was Surfing)’, which I guess everyone in the world is thinking. Except people that live in Hawaii maybe…
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 27th September 2011 at 6:00 pm
Emmy the Great‘s new single ‘Paper Forest (in the Afterglow of Rapture)’ is out now on Close Harbour. Below is the video: I’m not really sure what the video has to do with the song. Maybe she’s saying we should feel blessed with the cards of life we’re dealt?
By Mary Chang on Thursday, 21st April 2011 at 10:00 am
Emmy the Great is gearing up to release her second fulll album, ‘Virtue’, on the 13th of June. To celebrate this she’s giving away the track ‘A Woman, A Woman, Century of Sleep’ from it. You can listen to the song and download it below.