We spoke with the lovely Emma Anglesey on her upcoming record, Some Things Can’t Be Undone, and her plans after this summer. Make sure to follow Emma on social media, and check out her record in just a few hours!
You have a full-length album, Some Things Can’t Be Undone that will be out on June 29. What can you tell us about it?
It’s a really great album and everyone should listen to it. No really! It is. But on a more serious note, “Some Things Can’t Be Undone” is the name of one of the songs on the album. It felt right for it to be the album name because it’s a concept that seems so simple and so profound to me, and one that weaves through all the songs and connects them. Our lives are full of amazing, terrible, virtuous or treacherous moments that can never be undone. For me, the idea that Some Things Can’t Be Undone truly acknowledges and celebrates these moments for all the incredible passion, excitement, regret and pain they have given us and then sets ourselves free of them.
How would you describe Some Things Can’t Be Undone in five words?
Some Things Can’t Be Undone (I think that’s 5 exactly)
How long have you been working on this album?
It was a few years in the making. I wrote 30 songs and sent them to Joshua Barber (Goyte) the producer and he picked 10 that he thought would fit really well together on a record. We then worked them up together and made all the choices before recorded everything in his studio The Barbershop in Melbourne. The album was made using all real instruments except for one sample on the final song Bike.
What made you decide to release a full-length album instead of an EP and singles periodically?
Oh, great question! It’s always been a dream of mine to make an album, and the decision came simply because there were too many songs that we loved and that fit together for it to be an EP. It might not have been the most strategic decision but we weren’t thinking about that at the time. We were artistically driven. I didn’t really understand the “industry” side of music when we made the decision either. Some music managers actually suggested that I make it into two EPs as there were enough singles but I just couldn’t do it as we made it to be a record and to be appreciated from start to finish.
Are there any special people or musicians that have influenced you to write these songs?
Thom Yorke and Radiohead deserve a big shout out. There are some other lads and ladies out there who were big inspirations but I think it would be unfair to say who they are. By the way, don’t ever date musicians because you end up in their songs.
Which track has the most meaning to you and why?
This is such a cliched answer but it’s like asking a mother which is her favorite child. They’re all unique and special and you love them all the same.
Swells My Heart is the first single you have released off the record. How has the reaction been to it?
Good, I think! My mum has said it’s her favorite song. It was The AU Review single of the day which was amazing. And no one has told me that they hate it which is ace.
What was your favorite part on working with dancer Gabriel Comerford for your music video?
Gabe has such a beautiful energy and was a dream to work with. So we shot the entire clip in a single shot, but also we only had one chance with the snow machine as it made everything too wet for another take. It was cold in the warehouse where we were shooting and both of us were pretty light on the clothes front. After we’d finished about 7 rehearsals and had it pretty perfect, it was time for the final the take with the snow. After we’d finished the routine, Scott Atkins the DOP said that it was a perfect take and that we had what needed but I just wanted to get one more just in case. I suggested I dry off and we dry the space but Gabe just grabbed the snow machine and blasted me with it so I was totally covered and he just smiled. I think I loved that moment the most. The snow fight actually turned in a really cool photo shoot too.
What can fans expect from your upcoming tour this August and September?
I’m going to touring with the band at each show except Callala Bay and Canberra and in Tasmania I’ll have some contemporary dancers who’ll join me for the Launceston and Hobart shows.