"Emma Elisabeth is here to prove that pop doesn't have to sound like a jukebox musical- and that's a good thing" - Earmilk
"The next Stevie Nicks" – indieberlin
"Her songs match her emotional openness with immaculate songwriting" – The Line of Best Fit
"Unfurling with a gentle jangle, the crisp, spring-fresh songwriting can't fail to get under your skin" - Clash Magazine
After playing SXSW for the second year in a row and supporting Sunflower Bean, The Japanese House and Jakob Ogawa on stage, Emma Elisabeth released her debut full length album Melancholic Milkshake on June 21st 2019. The Swedish singer/songwriter and producer is currently based in Berlin and has released a row of singles over the last year. Her recent single "Pilot" stirred some indie rock into several New Music Friday playlists, and she's received support from big music magazines like Earmilk and TLOBF.
While producing the album herself in true DIY manners, she got some high-end collaborators on board such as Earl Harvin on drums, Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave, PJ Harvey) for mixing and she worked with e.g. Petter Ericson Stakee (Alberta Cross) and Nick McCarthy (ex Franz Ferdinand) on a few songs. It's Emma Elisabeth's first full length album, following her previous 6 track EP We Gotta Talk which was released in 2017 and produced by Victor Van Vugt.
Her classic style songwriting gets elegantly wrapped in an organic sound of jangly guitars, detuned 80's synthesizers and stacked 70's vocal harmonies. Wild yet controlled, contemplative yet loud and elegantly messed up - all together a bit as if Patti Smith and Dolly Parton went on a road-trip from New York to California and picked up Fleetwood Mac and Mazzy Star along the way. She mixes Jangle- with Alternative Pop, Americana and Country and produces unique, unpolished pop songs with an effortless charm. The 11 track album ranges from the intimate electric guitar ballad "Into the Blue" and it's bluesy desert vibe to the dreamy indie-pop-anthem "Pilot" as well as hitting a folkier tone in "Cavalry". The album flirts with countryesque melancholy and moves effortlessly between haunting intimacy and elaborate, dynamic arrangements.
After taking part in various musical projects over the years, Emma Elisabeth has taken the wheel and become the pilot of her own life. And her album Melancholic Milkshake is the manifestation of that.
"Over the last 9 years I've been on this rollercoaster, had different projects and partners, got signed and dropped, got stuck and eventually fell between the cracks. As thankful as I am for my journey, I found myself at a point where I wanted and needed to make an album free from all of that. No compromises, no pressure, no one telling me what I can and cannot do. I ended up writing songs about an involuntary break up, fear, the empowering feeling of getting over it, and all that comes with it." Over a few years time 'Melancholic Milkshake' grew out of a collection of those songs. "I also took the decision to produce it myself, which was scary and exciting at the same time. I wanted organic realness, flaws included, something that doesn't sound old and that doesn't sound dated to 2019, but that just sounds like me."
Melancholic Milkshake was released on ferryhouse productions and Emma Elisabeth/AWAL on June 21st, and available to pre order both on vinyl and digitally.
RIYL: Jenny Lewis, Sharon Van Etten, Florence and the Machine, Liza Anne, Alice Merton
TRY: #1, 4, 5, 2
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