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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY | LIVE & LOUD - JEMMA GALVIN

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

Pic­ture: MARK CRANITCH

Bris­bane singer-song­writer Emma Louise plays Mi­ami Mar­ketta tonight.

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