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Emily Edrosa - Emily Edrosa EP Review

05 Nov 2014 // A review by Dilemma

Emily Edrosa is Emily Littler, member of Street Chant – an Auckland trio that has played since 2007 and won the inaugural Critics Choice at the 2010 NZ Music Awards. Emily however, has been putting out some new solo stuff as Emily Edrosa, which is the second effort after Body/Christ released in 2013. The newest release is an eclectic sound, sort of folky, rocky, punky pop!

Animal is the opening song that is eerie not only musically but lyrically. It's about an online stalking situation that takes a bad turn. Musically it opens with rapid drum beat which is a solid feature throughout the EP, along with a guitar and vacant vocals. It’s interesting, dark and sets up a disturbing anticipation for the rest of the EP.

The other tracks provide a tongue in cheek running commentary on popular culture, addressing themes like religion (Jesuss), relationships and social anxiety (Corner of the Party) and the internet with all its faults Behind Yr Back. The EP concludes with a track everyone can relate to about being told of by a parent Edrosy and lastly Underground.

In her Bio it says of this EP that “Edrosa found herself facing the dual burdens of an unfamiliarity with her new gear and an unfortunately timed incidence of writers’ block. Seeking to kill two birds, she decided to focus her energies on a singular concept, the idea being that writing a body of work within strict time and subject constraints would allow her both to clear the creative hurdle and to hone her engineering abilities.” What it comes down to, is that Emily is a talented musician that provides an interesting take on life and its idiosyncrasies. 

Check it out https://emilyedrosa.bandcamp.com/

 

About Emily Edrosa

The solo vehicle of one third of Auckland heavy pop trio Street Chant, Emily Edrosa is a musical project borne of a variety of necessities and limitations. Having returned to Auckland following an American Street Chant tour, and with a view to recording their second album on various equipments acquired along the way, the eponymous Edrosa found herself facing the dual burdens of an unfamiliarity with her new gear and an unfortunately timed incidence of writers’ block. Seeking to kill two birds, she decided to focus her energies on a singular concept, the idea being that writing a body of work within strict time and subject constraints would allow her both to clear the creative hurdle and to hone her engineering abilities.

The result is the Emily Edrosa EP, six songs about how life, death and the various spaces between are communicated and occupied and experienced through the all-pervasive lens of the internet, songs for the most part a great deal quieter and more folk-influenced than her previous work, an exercise in self-limitation, in self-development and in trying not to annoy her mother (keen EE listeners will hear Edrosa senior expressing her thoughts about the process towards the end of ‘Edrosy’).

The future for Edrosa is a blank canvas, but doubtless a very bright one. This Southern Hemisphere summer holds the project’s first live shows with a full band, soon to be followed by others across Aotearoa.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Emily Edrosa

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Emily Edrosa
Year: 2014
Type: EP

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