FEELING NO PAIN
The tears have run dry for Emma Louise, who turned her back on the music industry for a time after realising it was hurting her
If the ethereal tones of Emma Louise don’t give you goosebumps, you’d better get your pulse checked. The award-winning musician plays Miami Marketta tonight, where fans can savour tunes from her sophomore album Supercry – an experience not to be taken for granted.
Louise says that following her debut record Vs Head Vs Heart, she felt as though music was “hurting her”, so she turned her back on the industry for a time to pursue other avenues.
“I spent two years learning about life, travelling and exploring,” she says. “I went to Japan, the US, Europe, Mexico, Canada ... lots of solo travel. I took all the pressure off music because it really hurt me the first time.”
That record was a reflection on a time in Louise’s life when she was living in Brisbane’s West End, head over heels in love and then, suddenly, it was over. The process of then recording those emotional songs took a toll on her. One minute she was alone, the next it was Emma Louise, her guitar, a producer, and a band.
“Those tears have now run dry, which is really good,” Louise says. “Now I’m writing more about life in general. I think my songwriting is broader now. It’s just about humanness in general, I think.
“And when we began recording ( Supercry) it happened really organically, so it was a totally different experience, it was positive.”
Touring this month and next, Louise says once she gets home she’s going to start work on her next album.
“I’m debating whether to do a pop album or a folk album. I love pop and I kind of want to make an album where I’m not making people want to die. Not actually die, but I want to write some songs that will make people happy.
“I feel like now is the time to make pop. I can do folk when I have a baby or something,” she laughs.
Emma Louise, Miami Marketta, tonight
Brisbane singer-songwriter Emma Louise plays Miami Marketta tonight.