Album Release: Emma Beau – Emma Beau
The new 11-track self-titled album from folk/alt country singer-songwriter, Emma Beau, has been released across digital platforms, with CDs available directly from Emma’s website, coming about through a successful crowdfunding campaign, in which hundreds of fans sought to help and become part of the process and release.
A departure from Emma’s earlier work, the record features a curious blend of vintage country, rock, and folk music, with the stunning multi-instrumentalist penning 10 of the tracks. It’s raw and hits straight to the heart, lyrically featuring a darker theme of loss, guilt, betrayal, but ultimately, love.
“After a year and a half in the making, today I wholeheartedly present my debut album to the world. This album represents a window into my entire life to date; its trials, tribulations, romances, dreams, and energy,” said Emma.
It also represents years of song-writing and is the culmination of Beau’s experiences whilst touring the country with the likes of Shane Nicholson, Kasey Chambers, and the late, Jon English. The cinematic soundscape captured on the album was carefully crafted by Emma and her producer, Michael Carpenter, from Love HZ.
“It’s always somewhat terrifying when you release something so personal to you, and this album is no different, however, I’ve been so humbled by the response so far, and have received extreme support from my followers, who’ve essentially been like my own personal cheer squad throughout the making and promotion of the album.”
Emma added, “My vision for the album was to create something that captured all of my music passions, including vintage country and rock, traditional folk, and even a bit of indie-pop. All in all, I’m over the moon with how it turned out, and am thrilled to be able to play the album live with my band at this year’s Gympie Muster.”
EMMA BEAU – TRACK LISTING
Leading Me Astray
Lost in You
Down to the River
House of the Rising Sun
Waitin’ on the Time
Album Track By Track with Emma Beau
Wild Heart: I wrote Wild Heart whilst in Melbourne on tour with Jon English. When I wrote it, I was finding my thoughts drifting towards home (Gympie). The pine trees, open dirt roads, rolling hills, and my experiences whilst growing up in the town are all encapsulated within this song. The film clip to the song was also filmed in Gympie, and features a local female videographer, as well as the lush greenery of Gympie.
Leading Me Astray: 10 out of the 11 songs on this album were self-penned. This track explains a relationship: the start, present, and future, and the quirks of the time spent together, particularly the notion that someone can lead you away from the life you may have imagined (and that’s a good thing). This track features a stripped back, acoustic sound that’s reminiscent of Appalachian/bluegrass music.
Poison: This song is dark, mysterious and very self-explanatory. It depicts mystery, romance and passion. Michael Carpenter produced this record and he features heavily on this track with his lead guitar playing. Shane Nicholson performs backing vocals to add to the haunting sound of the melody.
Bridesmaid: Bridesmaid was written from the standpoint of losing a friend to a new relationship. It was written believing that a life-long friend would be standing there through all the milestones in life, only to have this friend taken away by a sudden change. We’ve all gone through the loss of friendship and it’s hard and dark, but there’s still an element of hope in this song.
Guilty Gun: This was one of the hardest writes I’ve done. I was hurt by a big figure in my hometown, someone who wasn’t originally from there. I cried and wrote this track in heartbreak and often these kinds of ‘therapy songs’ don’t see the light of day. But this song felt so right to be on the album; it’s my story. The vocal solo was created by layering vocal harmonies, all done by myself and my producer; I’m proud of it.
Dark Eyes: I don’t want to put names in here explicitly, but it’s about someone I knew very well; a friend and mentor who I miss very much. Many people will immediately know who this is about, but I don’t want to ruin the mystery of the song by putting a name on it. This has a real 60’s feel, and I was very inspired by The Animals, The Beatles, and Manfred Mann when writing this track. It’s one of my favourites.
Stars: “Without a darkened sky you’ll never see the stars” – This line sums up the whole song. Without knowing anxiety and depression, I wouldn’t appreciate life or the beauty that exists in this world as much as I do now. I’ve struggled a lot with mental illness and I feel no embarrassment talking about this fact. Many of us do struggle and I want to end the stigma so we can all talk about this openly and honestly. This song encapsulates my feelings and even though I handle things much better nowadays, I still have times where I put this track on or play it to feel that sense of hope.
Lost in You: This song lights me up when I play it at live shows, and people seem to connect with the ‘mountain soundness’ of the melody. I lost 3 people I loved dearly in March, “Oh, March, you were a bitter month, you’ve taken almost everything”…that really sums up the story of the chorus, but I’ve also weaved an underlying story of divorce into the verses after a friend went through it at the young age of 22. Sometimes songs are different concepts rolled into one; this is a prime example.
Down to the River: I wrote this song in 15 mins at a petrol station in Nambour, Queensland. I was down by the local river, walking in the dense rainforest, and it came to me in a flash. I jotted it into my phone and finished the last touches in the studio a week later. There’s a pagan theme to this track, a celtic vibe that makes you feel slightly primal.
House of the Rising Sun: This is a medieval track that I had the pleasure of singing every single night whilst on tour with Jon English. I put this song on the album to honour Jon, but also honour my memories of touring. The searing fiddle, Hammond organ, and echoing drums make this tune dark and mysterious. I’ve slightly changed the lyrics for gender, but also just to have a different touch on the classic that we all know.
Waitin’ On The Time: This is a fun song, a song about procrastination and making every dream count. The banjo, fiddle and happy go lucky chord structure make this tune a joy to listen to.
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