Emily Rockarts - Little Flower
“Little Flower glows from the inside out…a debut worth hearing.” – Exclaim!
“Compelling lyrics, exceptional compositions, and an unrelentingly charming pop sensibility are the hallmarks of Emily Rockarts’ full-length debut, Little Flower.” – Music Life Magazine
“Emily’s sound shares the same ringing guitars and synth sounds synonymous with her peers, with vocals that propel her into Kim Deal territory” – Great Dark Wonder
Montreal-based indie singer-songwriter Emily Rockarts shares her debut album Little Flower. Poised, polished, poppy, and endearing; it’s hard to believe its a debut. The new album has garnered buzz from likes of Indie88, Stingray “Canadian Indie” channel, SiriusXM’s “Ones To Watch”, CBC Music, CBC Radio One, Spotify’s “Folk & Friends”, Exclaim, Canadian Beats, Great Dark Wonder, SlowCity.ca, Tinnitist, Music Life Magazine, & Radio Humber.
Rockarts, a self-confessed extroverted introvert, is a cool and comfortable, sharp-eyed observer much like the wallflower in Little Flower’s lilting title track. Taken as a whole, Little Flower is about personal growth and empowerment and not being afraid to take up space as a person and as a woman. This is possibly best expressed on cathartic “Stranger,” the rockiest song on the album. “This song was very therapeutic to write,” Rockarts says. “Every single woman I know has had an experience where she’s been made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe while going about her daily life. I think our society is slowly inching along and improving, but we have a long way to go. I wanted to write this song to hold people accountable.”
Produced by Brooklyn-based, Montreal-bred Franky Rousseau, Rockarts was joined by bandmates Dan Rougeau on guitar, Soren Nissen on bass, and Ian Wright on drums. The album features guest performances by Brooklyn-based composer and pianist Dominic Mekky, who played piano and contributed sound design to the album, as well as arrangements for “Margaret” and “Golden Hour,” while Matt Rousseau (Franky’s brother) played synthesizer on “Vistas.” Multi-instrumentalist Levon Henry’s clarinet and sax take the breezy “Right Now” into Andy Shauf territory. (Read full bio in download folder)