Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Emily Jane White's 'Blood/Lines' out now on Important Records

 “White alternately invites listeners into her world and keeps them at arms’ length, and that toggling between direct confession and emotional opacity illuminates the best moments”
– Pitchfork

filmic, lushly emotive compositions are here to steal a space in your heart.” - Noisey

“…ominous orchestral splendor” - Stereogum

“…finds beauty, comfort, and solace in the expression of sadness.”- East Bay Express


Emily Jane White’s songwriting is at once generous and tough-minded, reflective and unsentimental - possessing the confidence of a singular voice, inspired by the raveled threads of the uncanny in American culture, including depression-era blues and post-Victorian gothic literature.  Her newest album, Blood / Lines, has garnered critical acclaim and is available now on Important Records.  Purchase HERE / stream HERE via Soundcloud.
Blood / Lines is a collection of gorgeously dark song vignettes built on a foundation of reverbed emotion, rhythmic drive, and minor-key pop sensibility.  After releasing three albums in three years, Oakland’s Emily Jane White wrote over 100 sketches between January 2011 and October 2012.  Blood / Lines is a selected compilation of these songs. Recorded in a secluded studio in Sonoma County, California, the quiet environment provided Emily a place to explore new directions and to grasp creative control.   With the help of her friends and collaborators Wainwright Hewlett, Shawn Alpay, Marissa Nadler, Nick Ott, and Darwin Meiners, her songs diversify with strings, backing vocals, bass, and heavy drums.

Emily doesn’t wallow in morbidity; instead she considers her work to be unifying, an empathetic reflection on the universality of adversity. Blood/Lines displays loyalty to dark and somber atmospheres through bright sounds, heavy drive, and bold arrangements. Love, anger, and violence move through each vignette. Kinship generates complex intimacies. Love can entrap the unwary and betray the devoted.

Emily Jane White 
Blood / Lines
Important Records

1 – My Beloved
2 – Faster Than The Devil
3 – Keeley
4 – Thoroughbred
5 – Wake
6 – Dandelion Daze
7 – Holiday Song
8 – The Roses
9 – The Wolves
10 –Silence/Slain (Bonus Track)
11 – Here It Lies (Bonus Track)


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