Have you ever listened to an album and wondered how someone that’s not you was able to create lyrics that bring your personal feelings to full fruition. I’ve heard people speak of these experiences in the past, but I have never had the pleasure of bonding with an album so deeply that I was forever connected with the words that they fashioned. That was until I had the pleasure of listening to Toronto singer/songwriter Emma-Lee’s sophomore album, BACKSEAT HEROINE.
I grew up with an extremely musical family that still to this day “jams” at our holiday get-togethers. My uncles all bring their guitars and we spend hours singing, dancing and enjoying each other’s company while humming along to the acoustic music that brings us all together. I think that these familial experiences is what has drawn me to the musical styling’s of such purely talented artists as Adele, Dallas Green, The Civil Wars and now Emma-Lee.
* I would like to take a moment to put it out there, mid-blog post, that I usually have to write my entries in complete silence, but I CANNOT for the life of me force myself to stop listening to this album *
According to Emma-Lee, the only goal for her new record, available February 7th via eOne Music Canada, was to put the emphasis less on “songs about break-ups and heartbreak” and to come away with “an album that was fun to play”. To make a bold statement, BACKSEAT HEROINE is the absolute FUNNEST (I know it’s not a real word, sillypants) to play! I found myself dancing around my condo to the wonderful and reflective I’ll Dream For You; singing in the shower to the jazz-infused Not Coming By; and mentally producing the music video (obviously staring me!) to the perfect lullaby Just Looking. In comparison to her 2008 debut album, Never Just a Dream, Emma-Lee claims her new album “leans more Stevie Nicks than Sarah Vaughn” but I think that in this statement Emma-Lee is selling herself short – I say, Stevie Nicks who? Emma-Lee is the one to watch!
Emma-Lee’s remarkable vocals aside, what further draws me to this album is how cool the artist is. In an attempt to inject her songs with spontaneity, Emma-Lee produced a series of video-documentaries that followed her hitch-hiking expeditions around the Greater Toronto Area and performing to random motorist in exchange for a lift. Kids, I don’t recommend you try this at home but it definitely made for an interesting biopic. I highly urge you to check out Emma-Lee’s YOUTUBE channel for her experiences “abroad”/as a passenger on a rickshaw – too funny!
While listening to the album, all I could think – other than that I really wish I could sing – was that I cannot wait to hear her perform live, which is exactly what Emma-Lee was aiming to do while creating this disc. According to my new favourite artist, “What I hope is that people hear it and think it’s something they really want to go see live”. I can promise you this Emma-Lee, I’m already in line to buy tickets…and I heard it – boy, did I ever!
Check out Emma-Lee’s official video for Not Coming By
For More On Emma-Lee:
Tour Dates: http://emma-lee.com/site/?page_id=4
Feb 9: Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Feb 14: Guelph, ON – eBar
Feb 17: London, ON – APK Live
Feb 18: Penetanguishene, ON – Brian Orser Hall
Feb 21: Montreal, QC – Divan Orange
Feb 22: Kingston, ON – The Mansion
Feb 23: Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog
Feb 24: Madoc, ON – Madoc Arts Centre
Feb 25: Wakefield, QC – The Blacksheep Inn
Feb 27: St. Catharines, ON – Mansion House
Mar 1: Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
Emma-Lee’s sophomore album, BACKSEAT HEROINE, is available for purchase February 7th, 2012 at www.emma-lee.com and on iTunes.
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