The saying goes ‘all good things come in small packages’, this eponymous EP from See Emily Play is a perfect example of this. Made up of four beautiful tracks that conjure a multitude of emotions, there’s a hint of drama within every verse and a score that would melt the hardest of hearts.
This is not an EP of love songs, it’s sassy with driven musicality. Each lyric is perfectly intonated and the narratives speak for themselves. The slick production helps the record glimmer slickly as it ebbs through big band moments and orchestral movements, we go from highs to lows in what, on the surface, appears to be something rather simple.
Opening track, Fair Game, appears to be See Emily Play’s version of Wuthering Heights. Combining an operatic essence as we picture ourselves on the top of the highest hill, there’s a Celtic undertone sweeping us away into a love torn moment where indecision is our own failing. As the track climbs it soon falls leaving us on our knees and somewhat in an emotive despair. Leading into the second track, Let’s Go Get Away, we get a sense of the boogie woogies complete with jazz hands and added trumpets. It’s a big sound that Emily carries well with her smoky voice and the track is completed with big band interludes.
The third track, Memo, brings about a simplicity within the musical arrangement. Commencing with a delicate piano piece, there’s a straightforward narrative, it is almost choral. With every word sung there’s an edge to her vocals that alongside the music proves haunting, delicate and torturing.
Finally, The Best Day offers four minutes where you cannot help but smile in recollection that we’ve all had a best day with that certain someone. It takes you to that special moment in that special place, aided by deceptively uncomplicated delivery, both in the music and the vocals. This is our love story… it provides realisations and works on memories as well as hopes and dreams; simply stunning.
See Emily Play offers four tracks that showcase a range of sentiments within the lyrics, there’s no doubt that as a singer and a pianist she’s extremely talented. Assisted by the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra, Emily has created an EP that brings together a number of musical influences, there’s drama and heart break and it’s theatrical without being over dramatic.
Let’s Go Get Awayhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMsUvicLijM
The launch of See Emily Play’s EP is on the 20th December at The Harley, tickets are £4 and support comes from Oxo Foxo, you can buy tickets here. All profits from the EP and the launch night are being donated to Rape Crisis.