“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo Da Vinci
Though I doubt Da Vinci was referring to one of Edinburgh’s best up and coming singer/songwriters; EMILIE, he very well could have been as it perfectly describes her approach to composing her unique take on electro-pop.
Her fresh new single “Never Enough” that was released on Friday the 10th, is a deeply emotive song that explores the theme of materialism and observes the way in which people have developed a subconscious need for the next new, shiny thing and can’t see the value in what we already have so can never feel satisfaction. The single’s artwork beautifully captures this concept by taking a minimalist approach of a lone figure hunched over a desk, ignoring or oblivious to the objects dangling above him. I discussed the meaning behind ‘Never Enough’ with EMILIE who commented;
“It’s about how disposable we are with almost anything. Once we get something we want we’re always focused onto the next thing.”
I also spoke to EMILIE about the topics or feelings she lies to address in her songs;
“There’s definitely not a recurring theme. I’m such an analyser of everything so it’s generally me reflecting on things/expressing thoughts so that being said I’m just inspired by everything around me and then I tend to focus in on something and write about it.”
When I initially listened to EMILIE it provoked comparisons to Tegan and Sara, Grimes and BANKS, however, after fully becoming immersed in her dark, subtlety powerful lyrics it would seem we have found this generation’s answer to Kate Bush. I asked her how she had developed this sound and if it had matured with her as a musician:
“I think it was just a natural progression. I always loved electronic music so I just started experimenting with different synth sounds and then further down the line I’ve experimented more with my voice and what I can do with that so that’s kind of how it’s become what it sounds like today.”
Despite Edinburgh’s music scene seemingly finding itself in somewhat of a state of purgatory after Electric Circus being the most recent in a sadly long list a music venues closing, Sport’s Direct capitalist boot kicking HMV out of its historical home on Princes Street and constant comparisons to Glasgow being visited by big name acts; EMILIE remains positive about the City.
“It’s great. There’s a really healthy amount of talent and so many different genres. Everyone’s so lovely as well.”
EMILIE is confident that the talent and encouragement of fellow musicians and those in the arts/entertainment community will be able to keep Edinburgh’s music scene alive and well through the months of the year which aren’t August and occupied by the Fringe.
“There’s so much support from so many different places, be it other musicians, blogs, local radio, promoters – the list goes on.”
Be sure to catch EMILIE supporting Stillhound at Sneaky Pete’s on the 28th of March and her single ‘Never Enough’ is available to download now – she’s definitely a talent to keep your eye on!