REVIEW: Emma Anglesey ‘Some Things Can’t Be Undone’

Posted by: on Jul 30, 2018 | No Comments

Opening on a eerie plateau of strings, ‘Shadow Of Roses’ the first cut to Emma Anglesey’s new record Some Things Can’t Be Undone is cinematic and punchy. The powerful drone of the strings ring out throughout the track that builds in tension as Anglesey’s sweet vocal harmonies glide along the surface.It’s a dark and eerie opening to a record that as a whole pushes the boundaries of songwriting and production making you think that nowadays songwriting doesn’t need to be thought of as a linear four chord verse chorus pattern.

This in part, has to do with the magic that Josh Barber weaves throughout these songs to make them sweeping majestic understudies of beauty. Having worked with the likes of Gotye, Archie Roach and Gretta Ray, the man clearly knows his way around a song. This album showcases both new and old tracks for Anglesey which adds weight to the fact that over the years, songs can be reworked to create something completely different. Closer ‘Bike’ first dropped on Triple J Unearthed back in 2014 but finishes up an album that is beautiful, thought provoking and honest.

Whilst the majority of the tracks on Some Things Can’t Be Undone feature a myriad of instrumentation that create masterful tracks, halfway through, our ears are tuned into ‘Where Is The Rain’, an acoustic mid tempo belter that truly showcases the lyricism and vocal prowess of Anglesey.  Launceston based and having previously played at Dark Mofo, Falls and supported The Waifs as well as The East Pointers, Anglesey is a star on the rise. Let’s be honest, its mid year and this record came out a month ago or so, I challenge you to find a local album from 2018 that pushes the boundaries of production and songwriting like Anglesey does.

Tour Dates

SAT 11 AUG | LONGPLAY, MELBOURNE VIC | 18 +
FRI 24 AUG | SOUNDS DELICIOUS, CALLALA BAY NSW | ALL AGES
SAT 25 AUG | SMITHS ALTERNATIVE, CANBERRA ACT | 18 +
THURS 30 AUG  | BRASS MONKEY CRONULLA, NSW  | 18 +
FRI 31 AUG  | SLY FOX, NEWTOWN, NSW  | 18 +
SAT 1 SEPT  |  HERITAGE HOTEL, BULLI,  NSW  | 18 +

 

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