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Album Review: Emma Anglesey – “Some Things Can’t Be Undone”

Emma Anglesy has set June 29th for the release of her album “Some Things Cant Be Undone”. Produced by Joshua Barber who is known for his work with Gotye and Archie Roach, the album showcases lush arrangements with amazing vocal textures. 

Emma Anglesey album art

Emma Anglesy has set June 29th for the release of her album “Some Things Cant Be Undone”. Produced by Joshua Barber who is known for his work with Gotye and Archie Roach, the album showcases lush arrangements with amazing vocal textures. 

The album opener “Shadow Of Roses” sets a tone with its haunting vocals and great harmonies, it’s a well thought out start to the album which leads in to single “Swells My Heart” which gives off a Tori Amos vibe but still holds its own identity.

“Mary-Anne” is up next, with the vocals and weaving its way out of its syncopated drum beat, it’s a really great song which would get a very special life in a live setting. The title track follows and the story line of the song is not only great but Emma’s amazing vocals are showcased so well within all the instruments.

“Fire” has a darker standpoint but still striking and provides the perfect foil for the Paul Kelly Storytellers vibe of “Where Is The Rain”. The percussive kick off of “In My Own Defence” is a really clever moment and the acoustic guitar which is almost its own person on this album features well within the peaks and valley dynamics. “I Am A Ghost” brings back the darker haunting side of Emma, but has a tapestry of vocal harmonies acting as their own instrument. “Never” brings back more percussive elements accompanying the vocal melody. Anglesy should really be commended for how she layers vocals through out all the songs as it, as mentioned before, is like its own instrument on the album.

The album closes out with “Bike” another song with many layers and full of vocals bouncing off in all directions.

Anglesey is kicking off a tour to support the album in her home town of Launceston, on July 20th then heading through Hobart, Melbourne, and shows through NSW into September. Set to play tracks from Some Things Can’t Be Undone at venues all across the country, Emma has already appeared at Woodford Folk FestivalParty in the Paddock and MONA FOMA.  In 2017 she supported The Waifs’ 25th Anniversary Tour and the JUNO award winning Canadian based East Pointers, and she was chosen to be one of 5 Tasmanian acts to play at Music Tasmania’s BIGSOUND Showcase. She has also featured at a number of Tasmanian Festivals including a festival called PanamaFestival of Voices, DARK MOFO and Falls Festival

 

 

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