Emmy The Great
aka Emma-Lee Moss has been touring the London underground scene during which she's built a reputation that doesn't contradict her moniker. Earning comparisons to Lily Allen and Laura Marling, she plays anti-folk music with an unique worldview and clever, mocking lyrics. Her smart digs at pop-culture icons are dispensed with a sweet voice that subtly exudes sarcasm. Her debut album was in the NY Times’ Top 10 favorite albums of 2009.
«Virtue» was released in June 2011 on Close Harbour.
There is a Chinese pop song about destiny that was very big when I was at primary school. It reminds me of school trips, but I don’t know the name of it. The Smiths’ «Cemetry Gates» reminds me of doing my GCSE’s and following boys around who were into The Smiths.
In the summer of Euan’s birthday we put on Nirvana’s «Smells Like Teen Spirit» and The Buzzcocks in the van and danced on the seats.
I don’t get depressed by depressing music, but I get depressed by really shit music. Or music that could have been good but turned out shit.
I was given a mixtape when I was growing up that had The Lemondhead’s «Shaky Ground» on it. I lost the tape and for years was looking for the song on the internet but I was spelling it wrong! Ten years later I finally found it on iTunes.
«Spirit They’re Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished» was the album my boyfriend and I listened to the most when we first got together. When he was late for stuff I would listen to «Everything Will Be Alright» and sing along with the chorus. Cheesy, I know!
Because I’d heard «Enter Sandman» on the radio.
And then I want the eulogy to say: The song she chose was «Don’t Worry Baby», but the one that I feel is «God Only Knows». BOOM!
Every single summer is the greatest summer of my life! A memorable summer record was «Semi-Charmed Life» by Third Eye Blind. I spent a lot of time hanging around Neal’s Yard with my friends. A boy took me on a date. I dyed a blonde streak in my hair. That summer I also listened to Sugar Ray and Soul Asylum. Ah, the nineties.
«Make War» was the song I listened to most when I broke up with my boyfriend because of the first line: «Our love is dead but without limit, like the surface of the moon». It reminds me of that point in relationships when you can't speak without arguing but you can't imagine yourself with anyone else. After that I listened to a mixtape that had «Good News» by M. Ward, «The World Keeps Turning» by Tom Waits and «The End Of The World» by Skeeter Davis on it.
I’ve never been opressed!
First it was Metallica, then Ace of Base. In my defence, I was very young. The first single I bought was «Ironic» by Alanis Morissette. I thought it was really clever.
I can’t speak for my friends. Probably anything by Weezer.
When I was growing up in Hong Kong we mainly ignored the Chinese channels and watched American MTV. And when I started really getting into music, «Ill Communication» had just come out. And «Sabotage» is probably one of the best clips ever.