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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.

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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 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.

long, i've searched for an album like this

The Symphonies finally brings forth the beautiful marriage of the romantic classical with experimental hip hop beats and electronic drum sequences...and does so brilliantly! and if that were not enough, Emily's beautifully haunting voice serves as the perfect accompaniment to each track. my iphone is on repeat.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Emily Wells' songwriting combines electronics, orchestral strings, jazz structures, pop sensibilities, and vibrato-laden vocals into one eclectic package. A former child prodigy, she began fielding offers from record labels during her teenage years. Wells balked at the idea of relinquishing creative control to a team of producers, however, and independently toured the country to support her music instead. After relocating to Los Angeles, she built a home studio and set to work on her debut album....
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