Australian singer-songwriter Emma Anglesey has today announced her captivating new single Mary-Anne, out November 11. Of the new track Anglesey says, 'Mary-Anne is about how you don't always know where the road is leading and stuff happens that's totally out of your control but you just keep going". To accompany the track, Anglesey, in collaboration with Tim Kling (Sarah Blasko, Chase City), has produced a stunning clip that embraces the wildness of the Tasmanian landscape. Anglesey will be heading out on tour in November to celebrate Mary-Anne, kicking off in her home town at The Royal Oak in Launceston on November 11, then moving through Neika, Berridale, Hobart, Melbourne and finishing up at Gasoline Pony in Sydney on December 7.
Mary-Anne is Anglesey's second release produced by Joshua Barber who is known for performing and collaborating with Australian artists Gotye and Archie Roach and for his work producing this year's Triple J Unearthed High Winner, Gretta Ray. Anglesey and Barber's first collaboration Bike saw Anglesey as a Triple J Unearthed Spotlight artist. "I met Emma at a small folk festival in Tasmania and she was one of the stand-out writers I heard there so I told her I'd love to work with her. Emma's songs are thematically articulate, with visual and almost tactile lyrics that I really enjoyed working to and selecting sounds that build towards these emotional environments," says Barber. Award winning composer Jonathan Dreyfus arranged strings for the track (and the album) was mastered by Lachlan Carrick (Gotye and Lior).
Mary-Anne is a gripping ride that will have listeners enthralled and intrigued. Infectious, driving drums propel the sweeping instrumental; rich strings stab, and choral backing vocals float while Anglesey's understated vocal susurrates throughout. "It's an emotional pain killer and I wrote it to turn a feeling of struggle into a feeling of revelling in the fight. The song was inspired by a time when all my housemates were going through something rough and I kind of wrote it to help us all get through," says Anglesey.
The clip for Mary-Anne celebrates the beauty of the Tasmanian wilderness and magnifies our human reaction to an opening landscape. As Anglesey explains, 'My friend Tim Kling suggested we go on a road trip to Lake Pedder in Tasmania's South West and this inspired us to make the film clip. We both had relationship stuff going down and we found as we drove out of Hobart and into the wilderness that the landscape really affected us and shifted our emotional state."
The gifted songwriter is thrilled to head out on the road in November and couldn't be more excited about performing her new material for the fans. She enthuses, 'I simply love great songs and writing a good one is just the best feeling. I love the process of creating and when the right words combine with the prefect notes and rhythms it can deeply move you in a way that nothing else can. Songs can take you to a brand new place and completely change the way you see the world, and there's no better feeling than writing a song that does just that."
Emma Anglesey -Mary-Anne' East Coast Tour
Fri 11 Nov | The Royal Oak, Launceston | 18 +
Tickets available at the door | http://www.royaloaktas.com.au
Sat 12 Nov | Phil & Janes, Neika | All ages
Tickets available | https://www.facebook.com/emmanglesey/?fref=ts
Sun 13 Nov | Mona Museum Mainstage, Berridale | All ages
Free show | https://mona.net.au/stuff-to-do/jam
Sun 13 Nov | Republic Bar, Hobart | 18 +
Tickets available at the door | http://www.republicbar.com
Wed 30 Nov | Open Studio, Melbourne | 18 +
Tickets available at the door | http://openstudio.net.au
Wed 7 Dec | Gasoline Pony, Sydney | 18 +
Tickets available at the door | www.gasolinepony.com/
Question: What inspired Mary-Anne?
Emma Anglesey: The song is about how you don't always know where the road is leading you and sometimes things happen that are totally out of your control. I wrote it to turn a feeling of struggle into a feeling of revelling in the fight.
Question: Can you tell us about recording the video for Mary-Anne?
Emma Anglesey: My friend Tim Kling suggested w e go on a road trip to Lake Pedder in Tasmania's South West and this inspired us to make the film clip. We both had relationship stuff going down and we found as we drove out of Hobart and into the wilderness that the landscape really affected us and shifted our emotional state.
Question: What should we expect from the upcoming tour?
Emma Anglesey: You can expect to find me singing and playing guitar and my friend Tim Kling will be on beats, keys and guitar.
Question: Did you have any pre-conceived ideas about the music industry?
Emma Anglesey: Well I thought that it would be tough and was right about that. I think everyone's making more of an effort to support women in music right now and balance the scales and for that reason it's a great time to be involved.
Question: Do you write your own songs?
Emma Anglesey: Yes.
Question: What's your inspiration?
Emma Anglesey: I live in Launceston and just down the road from my house is a place called the Gorge. It's a sunken volcano with forested mountains all around and a fresh water river flows through. When I'm home I go walking there almost every day and while I walk I reflect on the interactions I've recently had with other people and listen to music and get really excited about ideas for new songs. In summer we all swim there and get under the waterfalls.
Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Emma Anglesey: I'm always listening to new music and lately I've been loving Radiohead's new album, Susanne Sundfor and Maggie Rogers.
Question: What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
Emma Anglesey: I just released a new single Mary-Anne and played 5 single launch shows with Ben Salter in my home state of Tasmania. I have two shows coming up on the mainland. This is my first East Coast tour and we'll be playing at Open Studio in Melbourne on November 30th with Daniel Trakell and Tash Parker and at Gasoline Pony in Sydney on December 7th.
Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
Emma Anglesey: I grew a lot over the process of recording with Joshua Barber who produced Mary-Anne. I have always had lot of confidence in my song writing but I've only just started feeling solid in my voice (these single launch shows I just played are the first shows where I didn't feel nervous about singing). When I flew over to Melbourne to record the vocals I was feeling terrified and after the first day in the studio I was such a mess I sent Josh a text message at midnight saying that I was going to book a flight home and practice more. He messaged right back something like, 'No worries, but just come into the studio tomorrow and let's make a plan and then book your flight". I went in the next day and somehow he got me into the vocal booth and we were all sweet after that. When I look back, it's so ridiculous.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Emma Anglesey: I love both, for completely different reasons. The songwriting is definitely my favourite part of the process though.
Question: What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Emma Anglesey: My mum and dad always believed in my songs and they're both my biggest supporters (and critics) and so I have a lot to thank them for. They're both artists/performers and so being a musician was never off the table in our family.
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Emma Anglesey: I was really sick for 3-years and had to have 5 operations and spend a lot of time in hospital. I finally recovered at the beginning of 2014 (fifty percent of people don't ever recover) and it was just amazing to feel well and not be in pain and need to sleep all the time. I've been well for over 2-years and I'm celebrating because now statistically my chances of getting sick from the same thing again are almost zero (YAY!!!). I think this is one of the reasons why I feel so optimistic and motivated about making music. I just love music so much and I feel really lucky to be just doing it.
Question: What's a typical day like?
Emma Anglesey: Each day is really different depending what I have on but when I'm having a songwriting day, I have to admit, I do have a bit of a routine. I'll start the day early with a walk through the Gorge. Then I yoga it up and head into Amelia's Cafe in Launceston and spend an hour drinking coffee, people watching and listening to music that I feel really moved by that day. They play great tunes down there too so sometimes I'll just listen to what they have on their playlist. Then after that I'll head home and write for the rest of the day.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Emma Anglesey: I simply love great songs and writing a good one is just the best feeling. I love the process of creating and when the right words combine with the prefect notes and rhythms it can deeply move you in a way that nothing else can. Songs can take you to a brand new place and completely change the way you see the world, and there's no better feeling than writing a song that does just that.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Emma Anglesey: Oh it's tough to pick just one but right at this moment I'm going to say that Radiohead and Bonobo would come in at equal first place.
Interview by Brooke Hunter