Supercry Emma Louise Liberation Having almost quit music in 2013, Brisbanebased alternative pop songstress Emma Louise has returned to the industry knowing exactly how she wants to be heard and seen. For her second studio album, Supercry, she has painted the cover art, designed her costumes and been at the forefront of the music video concepts. The entire Supercry project showcases an expansive range of her capabilities. Louise is an artist of duality: she’s simultaneously delicate and powerful, emotional and withdrawn. Supercry, like its name, embodies this duality, traversing a broad emotional palette of heartbreak, loss, self-empowerment, new beginnings and nostalgia. It’s not a complete departure from her debut album, vs Head vs Heart (2012), but it certainly contains a more mature and considered sound. Supercry opens and closes with ethereal reflections, All We Ask is Time and I Thought I was a Ship, which are infused with wispy harmonies and sparse piano chords. Things intensify in between, as tracks Talk Baby Talk and Illuminate pulse with commanding beats, electronic flourishes and even a bit of vocal drumming (hums, clucks and pops). The album’s first single, Underflow, and other songs including Shut the Door and West End Kids, again symbolise Louise’s duality. They are eerie and gentle but undulate with deep rhythms. Above all, it’s Louise’s voice that truly shines. It commands attention with its raw, honest timbre. This is Louise’s first album with a record label and she was cautious about being creatively boxed in. But Supercry is testament to her creative gusto; she has maintained her flair for authentic songwriting and quirky melodies in an album that contains by far her strongest work to date.