Whimsical and Extroverted
Emma-Lee Moss doesn’t even really like the name Emmy, but she went with what stuck – adding “The Great” after it helped. She’s collaborated with a stack of indie musicians but has also released two solo full-lengths and a slew of EPs. Her fifth EP is logically named S, probably because all four tracks begin with the letter s. Instead of holing herself up for weeks writing and recording, she wrote S while on the road and living in different countries. Suffice it to say, it’s a fairly transparent album.
But it’s also whimsical, and between her references to NYC’s SoHo neighborhood, California dreaming and Tennessee Williams, it’s hard to pick up that Emmy is actually part English and part Chinese. In “Social Halo” she references how she’s lost her “social halo” which might be true, but on top of releasing music, she also writes articles and album reviews for music websites, which serves as an outlet to keep in touch with fans.
In “Somerset (I Can’t Get Over)” she works through another breakup: “I guess that this is coming late in the day but please don’t get over me … Tell me you’re sorry, I’ll say I’m sorry too because I can’t get over you.” And in her music video for the single “Swimming Pool” she uses a hologram of herself, which she sees as the future of the music industry.
Compared to her first full-length First Love, Moss’ voice is much stronger on S, but still light and feminine. And this time around, she’s more open and extroverted than ever before.