Posts Tagged ‘Emma Russack’

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In keeping with the way Russack recorded her two 2018 albums she made with fellow Melbourne musician and great friend Lachlan Denton, over a year with Liam Halliwell and Dylan Young on hand, each track on the album was recorded in one take and live to tape at Phaedra Studies and mixed immediately thereafter by John Lee. Hence, not only its rusticity and fragility but also its immediacy and authenticity.

Emma gave us a taste of the album in the single What Is Love? late in 2018. Recorded for the short film An Athlete Wrestling a Python, Emma writes about the simplicities of love, asking “What Is Love?”. During the song she asks, “is it borrowing a t-shirt?” or is it “reading over shoulders?”. It is many things! Apart from the personal lyrical content, the other prevalent thing in the song is the piano taking the lead. It also does soon the new single Winter Blues. The four-and-a-half-minute single is the album’s centrepiece. Incredibly subtle and incredibly beautiful, the song floats in a sombre key, intermittently dotted by Russack’s contemplations, “blame it on the winter blues”.

The piano is also showcased on the album’s quieter moments: Like the Wind, Horses and the album’s stunning finale Never Before.


releases July 5th, 2019
Players: Liam Halliwell, Dylan Young, Emma Russack 

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There’s also something very Australian in the slightly awkward intimacy Emma Russack offers, even as she flips the aforementioned Ms Barnett’s ‘…nobody cares if you don’t go to the party’ with the blunt contradiction that, in fact, Everybody Cares (Spunk), and you can be the subject of gossip and speculation, while you’re actually home reading Sartre (yes, of course you are…). The music’s staccato hesitancy fits with the nervy doubts of life that might be hiding behind the bravado, as you decide whether to read another chapter, or just hide under the doona. A stunning effort from the prolific Melbourne songwriter who manages to continue her legacy as one of the country’s most underrated indie rock talents”

New album ‘In A New State’ out June 10th through Spunk