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While it has been over a year since composer/producer/performer Emily Wells dropped her latest solo outing Promise, it looks like the wait for new material is just about over.
Wells announced the release of her “In The Hot” EP, which will contain unreleased B sides as well as studio recorded live arrangements, not wanting to let her live performances to fall into the realm of myth.
Along with the announcement, Wells also released the previously unheard title track, “In the Hot,” which came very close to not even seeing the light of day.
“I didn’t think this song was going to be on the EP and then it ended up becoming, in many ways, its anchor,” says Wells.
“I had written it, after seeing ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at Saint Ann’s Warehouse, and performed it a few times, but I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to record it. Then November 8th passed and the line between madness and grief and empathy became more blurry than it had been even during the bloody summer in which it was created.”
The track is a bleak and feverish attempt to sort out the collective grief and paranoia the entire country seems to be feeling following an exhausting (no matter how you voted for) election cycle.
“In those bleak days following the election I went to the studio each day and tried to give the blunt complexity of fear and grief I was experiencing to this song. The recording also contains a lot of tears for Leonard Cohen.”
The EP is set to release on March 3 via her own Thesis and Instinct label. Check out the new track and tracklist below and get your pre-order here.
In The Hot:
Pack of Nobodies (Live Arrangement)
In the Hot
Antidote (Live Arrangement)
Symphony 1 (Live Arrangement)
Put it Down on Me
In My Time of Dyin’
I’m No Heroine