Ever since Emilia came out last year with “Closer All The Time” from her impressive 4-track EP Flying Colors, I have been anticipating her new music and now the wait is over. Simply titled E, this exciting new 10-song collection pours the same emotional intensity into meaningful lyrics, based on her life experiences against a variety of rhythm changes, genres and instruments.
“The City Misses You,” a song about missing someone is a gentle piano ballad with the jazzy sounds of a muted-trumpet, and you will be close to tears while hearing the heartfelt track “You Make Me Happy.” But they are not all deep songs about life. On “Bombshell,” the opening track, Emilia shows her playful side by bringing an apt sultriness to this pop rock tune, while “How I Got Over You,” commands the listener’s attention with an upbeat, catchy lead before slowing down for a moment, only to return to the toe-tapping hook. I could see this one being a fan favourite.
Emilia shares producing credits with musical arranger Joel Lightman, engineering and mixing was done by Juno Award winner George Seara (Drake, Rhianna, Holly Cole). On top of recording and rehearsing, Emilia is also working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at York University, where she has studied with some of Canada’s top jazz musicians, including Frank Falco, Sherie Marshall and Mike Cado.
E is an amazing album from an amazing talent; Now available on iTunes and the physical disc is set to release in early November.
-Charmaine Elizabeth Merchant (Facebook @elizabethcharms)