Emily Breeze 'Rapture' LP
Bristol based pop noir artist Emily Breeze returns with new album Rapture. Written and recorded in her 40th year on planet earth, the songs are a poignant and humorous take on how it feels to grow old disgracefully in an increasingly weird world. She describes the album as "a collection of coming-of (middle age) stories which celebrate flamboyant failure, excess and acceptance. I was receiving advice from music industry types to try and hide my age as if it was a dirty secret like an S.T.D or a disgraced royal, so I decided to do the exact opposite". Cosmology is also a consistent theme which forms a backdrop to the everyday experiences (a day at work, a night in the pub) which take place as the universe unfurls into the great enveloping infinite dark. Many of the songs use cut up excerpts from Science articles and cosmologists such as Carl Sagan which are spliced with Emily's absurdist imagery "we will high five the aliens, we will receive a standing ovation from the angels." The album's centrepiece "Part of Me" is a six-minute sprawling epic which takes on the alternative fates of the towering figures of the 21st century "Elvis moved to the suburbs for a witness protection scheme" and "Princess Diana went undercover; she works at Anne Summers she wears a disguise".
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