Emmy The Great at Sub89By Linda Serck
March 07, 2012
On the surface, Emmy The Great appears and sounds like untrammelled femininity personified.
A long dark fringe hiding dusky eyes, and a voice as perky and sweet as a child’s.
But there is a comfortable darkness clinging longingly beneath her innocent melodies and classical arrangements.
And she’s not afraid to expose her life to the universe. Her current album Virtue details in all its poetic splendour the very real and raw breakdown of her relationship and wedding.
She has long since teamed up with Tim Wheeler from Ash, with whom she also released a Christmas album, but drawls an eye-rolling “LOL” when I suggest she’s found a new love.
I also query the, surely, old-hat heartache of her lyrics, owing to the time that has passed. How does she still give them the meaning they deserve when she performs live?
“It feels kind of abstract when we do them but I concentrate so hard on the singing,” she says.
“But the last song on the album Trellick Tower, it’s a really still song and the lyrics are very sad and they were really honest. They really were everything that I felt when I was writing them, so sometimes I’m a bit transported to different times. But it’s not painful, it’s a nice nostalgia.”
Emmy is performing a warm-up gig at Sub89 in Reading on Friday and unusually is bringing a whole string section with her.
“A ‘warm up’ sounds terrible, like we’re going to practise our bad jokes on you,” she deadpans.
But in truth we are in for a treat as she limbers up for a large concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall some days later on Sunday, March 11, which will also include a female choir.
And it will also be a chance to hear some new offerings from Emmy, who released Virtue back in June 2011.
She says: “This is our last headline for Virtue but we’re going to sneak in some new tunes.”
Emmy The Great is playing Sub89 on Friday at 8pm. Tickets £12.50. For more details or to book tickets call (0118) 959 5395.
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