Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Reviews:: Emmy the Great

So, pushing on with my Female Vocalist week I'll move on to Emmy the Great. If I wanted to force a metaphor into this little post, I would say that Emmy the Great was the musical BBQ sauce of SXSW. Yes, she was on everyone's lips. It's pretty shocking that a woman with a few singles and an obscure, hard-to-track down EP was one of the toasts of the town (and already has her own MTV session), but the excitement and attention is well deserved.

Her story is as unique and interesting as her songs. Originally from Hong Kong, Emmy (Emma-Lee Moss) has already been kicked out of her band and became a staple of the anti-folk movement - sharing the stage and collaborating with notables like Kimya Dawson and Lightspeed Champion respectively.

The funny thing is most times when I hear anti-folk, I shy away, but I can't seem to get enough of Emmy. With just an acoustic and a penchant for interesting, intricate vocals there is something about this artist that just grabs people. Throw in her friends on strings or mandolin and it's almost a certainty that her record will be loved by bloggers, critics and fans the minute it leaks. If you look hard enough, you can find most of her songs, but I'll link a couple to make it easy for you:
[MP3]:: Hold On
[MP3]:: The Hypnotists Son
[MP3]:: Two Steps Forward (live)

Seriously, if you can watch her playing Hold On Two Steps Forward in the back of a cab and not feel your heart warm, I hope you enjoy ruining the Who's Christmas.

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Posted at 10:30 AM by ack :: 1 comments

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At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

she's actually playing Two Steps Forward in the back of that black cab. anyhoo, I'm just glad that she's getting more attention now - she deserves it.

 

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