The Symphonies: Dreams Memories & Parties
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||Symphony 1 In the Barrel of a Gun||Emily Wells||2:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Symphony 2 & the Click Boom Boom||Emily Wells||4:48||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitSymphony 3: The Story (feat. Count Bass D)||Emily Wells||2:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitSymphony 4: America's Mercy War||Emily Wells||4:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Symphony 5 Was a Surprise||Emily Wells||3:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Symphony 6: Fair Thee Well & the Requiem Mix||Emily Wells||3:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Symphony 7: Dreams Memories & Heaven||Emily Wells||2:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Symphony 8 & the Canary's Last Take||Emily Wells||3:30||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Symphony 9 & the Sunshine||Emily Wells||4:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Symphony 10: Could This Really Be the End?||Emily Wells||3:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Emily Wells has a unique voice, one that is equal parts honey and stinger: it’s a sweet, syrupy enticement, but there are clear implications of darker things to come. Wells is also a virtuoso musician, and she dabbles in electronica, shades of folk and jazz, even classical and hip-hop, creating interesting tableaux and textures that are by turns airy and luminous, and spare and haunting. Her second full-length, Symphonies… is as complex and beguiling as its name might imply, but it never weighs down in intellectual phoniness or theatrics. From her cascading trill and the ominous flutter of strings on opener “In the Barrel of a Gun” to the stunning finale, “Could This Really Be the End?” Symphonies is filled with delightful and charming things (toy piano, samba rhythms, hummingbird energy), as well as slightly sinister, unsettling flourishes (spidery string plucking, bone-dry percussive clattering, and spookily cinematic arrangements). She’s turned down label offers in order to preserve her artistic vision, and in these times it’s not clear it matters — you found her, after all. We now suggest headphones, and a reclining position. Carry on.
Emily Wells: Symphonies: Dreams Memories and Parties...
When I first happened upon Miss Emily Wells, she was opening for a very well known artist at the venue Spaceland. It is here that I first heard the beginnings of what is the greatest achievement in music of this year. She was a vision of light, her presence seeping into the very core of her audience...and then, the music began. Tearing away from her natural beauty, enhanced by her tulle tutu and festive lights cascading down her flowing dreads, this pint sized figure of shear wonder suddenly eveloped the entire club (of which is much too small for her vocal fortitude) as she opened her mouth and began to sing. It was then that I realized it was she, Emily Wells, that I was meant to see that night, not the following headliner of which was a blur of smoke after her performance. Never again shall Emily be an opening act...she is THE act. And now listening to the album, of which she performs with a bevy of instruments that only a symphony may withold, I fall back on that glorious night that I walked to the club and floated home. She is not an act. She is the real deal...the full package - a symphony. I can safely say, this will be on rotate as I drive the congested streets of Los Angeles - smiling. This has been well worth the wait. Emily is a star in the night sky...so hold on as you listen to this album as you travel with her across the sky. Thank you Emily...
You know how you were just randomly searching around iTunes looking for something new and original because you were bored? You just found it.
To The Ends of Reality! A stunning album.
In this album we follow Emily Wells to the end of reality, to only realize everything we ever knew was only a dream; a mere memory. Every single song on this album portrays an emotion (and a beautiful one at that). Each song as stunning as the next. You begin to crave this album, like a druggie craves his next fix. Her lyrics are flawless, all having deep DEEP meaning. The music is just fantastic. Everything on this album flows smoothly together, creating perfect transitions until the very end. There is nothing that could have possibly been improved on this album. Definately the best of 2008. Possibly the best CD ever made. For those who can't appreciate and love this album and Emily Wells, I pity you.
Years Active: '10s