Emma Louise: Making Music No Longer Hurts Her

  • Written by  Ellen Cook
  • Wednesday, 13 July 2016 17:14
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Emma Louise is back with new material, three years after the release of her debut album 'Vs Head Vs Heart'.

Her newest studio endeavour, 'Supercry', is emotional, organic and raw. Emma describes the album as a journey from dark to light; a concept that reflects her feelings and experiences she has had since her previous album's release.

For large chunks of 2013 and 2014 you couldn't escape a week without hearing Emma's 'Jungle' – either her original version or the remix by German DJ Wankelmut. But with the world at her feet, Emma took a step back to explore other aspects of her life.

Then an offer to work with acclaimed Belgium producer Pascal Gabriel (Kylie Minogue, Ladyhawke, Example) came about randomly; it wasn't long before Emma's creative juices were once again flowing. “Recording the album came up randomly,” begins Emma.

“My manager had mentioned to me about Pascal, a guy that only records one album a year in a castle in the south of France, so I felt privileged that Pascal wanted to work with me! I decided to dip my toe in the water, so to speak, to see what [would] happen.

“The process for actually making this album happened organically. Before, making music was hurting me so I decided to back away from the fire which alleviated the hurt; I did other things for a while. The break was a learning period for me, a few things had ended and I was learning about myself. Going back to music this time didn't hurt and I was making pure music and enjoying it again.”

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The process of writing the songs that feature on 'Supercry' was an aspect that also happened naturally. Each song is directed towards self-expression and delivers internal feelings, thoughts and ideas that Emma wanted to express. "The songwriting process was all over the place. I did a lot of travel; I wasn't writing for the album, it was more to just express myself and my feelings."

Emma would travel to France to record 'Supercry' at Pascal's castle. "It was just a surreal experience. We were locked in this tiny village where no one spoke English. It was a very magical, mysterious time; it was an amazing experience and way to record the album."

So far response to the new material has been positive with lead single 'Underflow' played more than 300,000 times on YouTube. Emma explains the positive feedback has banished some of her nerves while encouraging her to continue with music. “It feels really good; I have had a lot of time without any feedback. So this is really reassuring to have such good feedback for the first time in a while.”

With a national tour just announced this week, Emma will tune her live show when she plays Splendour In The Grass later this month. “It’s very fun; fun energy, big sound, big stages, it’s unbelievable and an amazing opportunity for any human really!”

'Supercry' is released 15 July. Emma Louise plays Splendour In The Grass 22 July.

Emma Louise Tour Dates

Fri 16 Sep - Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
Fri 7 Oct - The Workers Club (Geelong)
Sat 8 Oct - Corner Hotel (Melbourne)
Thu 13 Oct - Street Theatre (Canberra)
Fri 14 Oct - Uni Bar (Wollongong)
Sat 15 Oct - Cambridge Hotel (Newcastle)
Thu 20 Oct - Miami Marketta (Gold Coast)
Fri 21 Oct - Solbar (Sunshine Coast)
Sat 22 Oct - The Triffid (Brisbane)
Thu 27 Oct - Adelaide Uni
Fri 28 Oct - Fly By Night (Fremantle)
Sat 29 Oct - Capitol (Perth)
Sun 30 Oct - Prince Of Wales (Bunbury)
Fri 4 Nov - Metro Theatre (Sydney)

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