“One must have a sense of purpose in this crazy life…”
The title of Emma Russack’s new album, Permanent Vacation, describes a state that’s not always as enviable as it sounds, but during her recent three-month university break, it suggested a potential future. “I was making some good money through music for the first time in my life,” explains the second-year law student.
“If I could play one or two shows a week, plus write songs and record an album here and there for the rest of my life – and not have to work a day job – yes, I think I would be ‘happy’. But one must have a sense of purpose in this crazy life. For me, a permanent vacation means checking out of reality – searching for purpose and meaning. I’m trying to be upbeat about it, though! I’m whistling as I walk.”
Russack’s songs are compellingly varied in their expression. Quizzed about her intent, she says, “Intent is a funny thing. Would I be taken seriously if I said I didn’t have one? All I can say is that this album is the closest thing to a ‘diary’ that I have.
“I just wrote exactly what I felt at a particular time; I wasn’t restrained by anything or anyone. That’s freeing. So, I could write about a guy making me the best sandwich ever, or… Kendall Jenner. Perhaps that was my intent. To be free.”