Ft. All We Are, Mary J. Blige, Bob Dylan and more...
Emmy The Great

Continually moving forward, Emmy The Great recently embarked on the next chapter of her career.

Working with Bella Union, new EP 'S' finds the singer moving in a rather more explicitly pop direction.

As ever, though, this is pop viewed from Emmy's vantage point: intelligent, literate and always entertaining, it's an intriguing return from an artist who never fails to fascinate.

Agreeing to take the reins for this week's Single Round Up, Emmy The Great takes a gander at the latest new music – ft. Bear's Den, Bipolar Sunshine, Mary J. Blige and a certain iconic songwriter...

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All We Are - 'Keep Me Alive'
I thought it was cool that this band recorded their video in Hogwarts. I dig a falsetto too and they actually have two people singing in unison in falsetto so I was much entertained. If there was a point system for these reviews, I would give them an 8, then I would add 1 for the wizardry, and 1 for the falsetto. So: 10.

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Bear's Den - 'Think Of England'
I really liked this but the more I listened to it the less I thought of England. It actually made me think of Glasgow, as it has that expansive mix of guitar jangle and diary-entry gloominess that Scottish indie has historically done so well. Basically, love the song, but I think they've really fucked up on the title.

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Bipolar Sunshine - 'Daydreamer'
I felt like this song was so jaunty it was daring me not to like it, so I did try to hate it. Ultimately the lyrics and vocal delivery are quite engaging so I was unsuccessful in trying to hate it. But I only liked it a little bit, which is still kind of a win for me. TAKE THAT, SONG.

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Bob Dylan - 'Full Moon And Empty Arms'
I like the idea of Dylan crooning, and I like the song, which is a Sinatra cover, but it's been a listening lottery in the last decade of Dylan releases as to whether or not his voice will gel with the song beneath it. In this case, the two things are at odds. Which is not to say there won't be moments of genius on the album it's taken from, when that album is unveiled. I'm still with Dylan, and will happily consume anything he puts out, it's just slightly less enjoyable than it used to be.

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Catfish And The Bottlemen - 'Kathleen'
I guess these guys are the new guitar hope at the moment. That works for me. I'm yet to discover one of their songs that I'm in love with but this, like all the others I've heard, is pleasantly Strokes-y and apparently they are super good live.

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Mary J. Blige - 'Therapy'
This is delightful, and I love how specific it is as a song subject. Mary J. Blige is the queen of RnB, but also, to me, the queen of specific, slightly medically themed songs. Previous to 'Therapy', my favourite Mary J. Blige song was called PMS. Now it's a tie.

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Emmy The Great's new EP 'S' is out now via Bella Union.

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