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Emma Rose - Single Review: Happy

03 Nov 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford
Talented young native of Nelson, Emma Common (Emma Rose) has forged ahead with her music recently creating an EP of three songs for the final project in her degree in Bachelor of Commercial Music at Massey University. Happy is the opening track to her Elderflower EP, which due our early 2021.


Emma has a strong diverse sound with beautiful melodic vocals and an obvious talent for song writing. Happy is a very cleverly thought out and constructed piece of music, matching up the challenging subject matter of being in an unhappy relationship with an abusive person to upbeat sounding music, with the thinking that it may make it easier for people to open up to these types of conversations.

With that in mind, the contrast between the lyrics and sound took a while to sink in. Once it did, the concept of the whole track made sense, the flow between dark and light a very clever and powerful idea.

Emma’s wide range of skills and her musical background has conceived the conceptualization of this remarkable first single Happy and what I am sure will be a distinctive debut EP.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Emma Rose

Emma is a soon to be graduate from Massey University with a Bachelor of Commercial Music, majored in practice. She has been involved in music and performance for as long as she can remember, and has experience in a wide range of skills, including solo and group singing, mentoring and working public arts events. While she has primarily worked with bands, she has now gone on to focus primarily on her solo work under the name Emma Rose. Her music includes flavours from multiple different genres, her most common being experimental and indie-rock. She is currently working on her debut EP Elderflower.

Elderflower is a collection of songs which cover themes ranging from abuse to the loss of personal identity. Emma likes to use the juxtaposition of upbeat music matched with challenging subject matter to create intrigue, stating that “maybe if we use happy sounding music to bring up hard conversational topics, it will make it easier for people to open up and talk about it.” Her single ‘Happy’ is the epitome of said juxtaposition. The song is about being in an unhappy relationship with someone who is emotionally abusive, but being too reliant on them to end it. Emma chose ‘Happy’ to be her single as it was the only collaborative song written for the EP, and a song that really spoke to her personally.

Emma’s goal is to eventually release a full-length album and tour nationally.

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