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Fall­ing In Love With Sad­ness EMIKA 8/10 De­pres­sion proves in­spir­ing for An­glo-Czech Ber­liner

Fol­low­ing 2016’s am­bi­tious or­ches­tral sym­phony Me­lan­fonie, Ema Jolly re­turns to her first loves: elec­tronic mu­sic and gloom. “I got this feel­ing/That I don’t want to feel,” her hushed voice be­gins on wist­ful opener “Wash It All Away”, and, lyri­cally, mis­ery per­vades her lat­est: “I can feel my­self dy­ing in­side,” she de­clares on the di­aphanous “Close”, while the ur­gently shud­der­ing ti­tle track con­fesses, “I found plea­sure in the tears I cry.” None­the­less, mo­ments of re­demp­tion lurk within “Prom­ises”’ sparse splashes of Om­ni­chord, and her im­mac­u­late pro­duc­tion glis­tens, its shad­owy men­ace – like a glam­orous Zola Je­sus – most im­pres­sive on the rub­bery “Run”.

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