Thursday, April 12, 2012

Emily Wells

Time to re-visit one of the more talented young ladies on the current scene.
Emily Wells was on these pages in February of 2011. And you can check out some of her multi-instrument versatility by following that link.
But today we are re-visiting her because she has just released her first album. Also I just wanted to hear some of her greatness again.
Emily Wells is flat out amazing.

Here's part of a review of the aforementioned album, link at the end.............
It would be so easy to just say that Emily Wells sounds like a vague combination of Joanna Newsom, Owen Pallett, and a less hate-inducing Lana Del Rey, but that would be doing the New York songstress a massive injustice. Wells is doing something new, incorporating several genres to create one impressive, dynamic sound. Her eclectic collection of abilities multiplied by her even more eclectic choice of instruments (everything from classic violin to those plastic echo microphones you used to drive your parents crazy with in the ’90s) buoys something that would have been standard into something marvelous.
That said, this album is her first official release since she began recording seven years ago, and as such, it’s a little scattered. On the whole, however, it’s a pretty good amalgamation of her wide array of abilities. There’s a healthy dose of her folk-based singer/songwriter sensibility on tracks like “Darlin’” and “Piece of It”, but there’s also a hearty chunk devoted to her vocal finesse, primarily on the boisterous “Passenger”. By far the most accentuated facet of Wells’ ability on Mama, though, is her tendency to include subtle hip-hop inflections. “Johnny Cash’s Mama’s House” boasts a classic hip-hop backbeat juxtaposed against her soft crooning that creates a near perfect synergy. Winston Robbins
Check out these live versions of some of the tracks from her new album.

Passenger Live at The White Rabbit Cabaret

And this one is from a few days ago. This one is chillingly good.
Let Your Guard Down April 6, 2012 @ The Outer Space in Hamden, CT

Mama's Gonna Give You Love
A performance at the Drake Hotel in Toronto Ontario Canada

Finally today, although we have the live version up above you have to see this beautiful video Emily created for the song.

Check out her tour dates, and go here for updated tour info.

Thursday, April 12th - Arlington, VA @ Iota Cafe
Friday, April 27th – Buffalo, NY @  Ninth Ward
Tuesday, May 1st - Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar*
Thursday, May 3rd - Madison, WI @ The Majestic*
Friday, May 4th - Chicago, IL @ Schubas*
Saturday, May 5th - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre*
Sunday, May 6th - Lexington, KY @ Natasha's Bistro
Tuesday, May 8th - St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House*
Wednesday, May 9th - Columbia, MO @ Mojo's*
Friday, May 11th - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre*
Sunday, May 13th - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom*
Tuesday, May 15th - Los Angeles, CA @ Largo at the Coronet*
Wednesday, May 16th - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place*
Thursday, May 17th - San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall*
Saturday, May 19th - Davis, CA @ Sophia's Thai Kitchen*
Thursday, May 31st - Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
Friday, June 1st - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile (early show)
Saturday, June 2nd - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Sunday, June 3rd - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
Saturday, June 9th - Spokane, WA @ Elk Fest

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