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Emily Jane White — They Moved In Shadow All Together (Jul 08, 2016)

Emily Jane White — They Moved In Shadow All Together (Jul 08, 2016)

 Emily Jane White — They Moved In Shadow All Together   Emily Jane White — They Moved In Shadow All Together (Jul 08, 2016)••■••   She layered synthetizer, electric guitar and multiple tracks of vocals into nine heavily reverbed scenes. With the help of friends and collaborators, Emily’s worlds were diversified with strings, backing vocals, and heavy drums. “Blood / Lines” displays loyalty to dark and somber atmospheres through bright sounds, rhythmic drive and pop sensibility. Love, anger and violence move through each vignette. Kinship generates complex intimacies. Love can entrap the unwary and betray the devoted.
••■••   Emily Jane White is a songwriter, pianist and guitarist from California who released her first album in 2007.                                    © Emily Jane White, Photo credit: Kristin Cofer
Location: Fort Bragg ~ Oakland, California
Album release: Jul 08, 2016
Record Label: Talitres (UK)
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock, Neofolk, Female Vocal
Duration:     40:54
Tracks:
01. Frozen Garden     3:56
02. Pallid Eyes     3:54
03. Hands     3:22
04. Nightmares on Repeat     4:39
05. Rupturing     4:29
06. Moulding     3:21
07. The Ledge     3:02
08. The Black Dove     3:33
09. Antechamber     2:45
10. Womankind     4:21
11. Behind the Glass     3:32
℗ 2016 TALITRES
Description:
••■••   Emily Jane White is a singer/songwriter from California who released her debut album in 2007. Influenced by American blues and folk music tradition along with contemporary female singer/songwriters such as PJ Harvey and Kate Bush, she has been compared to Chan Marshall of Cat Power and Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star. While studying at the University of California Santa Cruz during the early 2000s, White fronted a band called the Diamond Star Halos and began developing her craft as a singer/songwriter. After college she moved to France for a while and established herself as a solo artist. Upon returning to California in 2006 and basing herself in San Francisco, she collaborated with producer Wainwright Hewlett on her full–length album debut, Dark Undercoat (2007). Released initially on the Oakland, CA–based label Double Negative Records, Dark Undercoat was subsequently licensed for international release by the label Talitres in 2008 and reached number 143 on the French albums chart. Her sophomore effort, Victorian American, was released on Talitres in France in 2009, and on Milan in the United States in early 2010.
NEW ALBUM BIO: THEY MOVED IN SHADOW ALL TOGETHER
••■••   The title of Emily Jane White’s fifth album, They Moved in Shadow All Together, is a play on the opening line from Cormac McCarthy’s novel Outer Darkwhich hauntingly depicts a group of uncanny travelers descending a hill in the Appalachian mountains. White remembers being struck by the vision of the travelers’ collective movement — fragmented, yet whole — and felt its resonance with her burgeoning record and its thematic exploration of trauma.
••■••   The 11 songs on “They Moved in Shadow All Together” focus conceptually upon the symptomatology of trauma, a pattern of experiences marked by a fragmentation of the self. These songs contend with the impact of trauma on individual and collective identity — the shattered pieces within the psyche left to cope after tragedy, and the dissociative co–habitance of belief and disbelief that results. White wrote “The Black Dove” in support of the anti–racist struggle against police violence. In “Womankind,” she mourns the continuing epidemic of violence against women, and the silences that suppress the truths of survivors.
••■••   White’s new body of work recounts for us the terrain of her empathic inner world. The breadth and depth of her maturing voice are evident. Her layered vocals effect a sense of camaraderie, a space populated with voices, angelic perhaps, definitively ethereal. She studied classical singing while working on this album, which enabled her to broaden her vocal range. Throughout the recording process, she experimented extensively in the echo chamber at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco. She used the room as her instrument, wherein she gave herself permission to roam free, exploring every capability and constraint. “I began to recognize a hidden concept within my work,” she recalls. “Most of my lead vocals were recorded in a vocal booth, and I chose to record the backing vocals in the echo chamber — but it was all me, and in that process I seemed to be fleshing out a concept of voices and pieces within a whole. I wanted to give a harmonizing quality to the fragmented pieces of self that result from trauma. I wanted to give them life and make them beautiful and real while still occupying an intimately distant and eerie space.” White weaves the many into one within the spaciousness of this record, an acoustic cathedral with myriad candles pouring light, a thousand flickering shadows, and glass–domed ceilings stretching upward to a star–lit night beyond. She invites the listener to sit within her chorus and experience melodic hope and cathartic resolve.
••■••   White’s polyvocal arrangements mirror her manifold focus, and are the defining stylistic element of the album. Multi–instrumentalist Shawn Alpay’s bass accompaniment firmly supports White’s steady guitar and piano playing by providing subtle rhythmic movement beneath her overlay. His cello sits closely below and curls around the vocals, lending definition to key dramatic moments, while Nick Ott’s visceral and tom–heavy drumming assertively mark the ebb and flow of each track. White: “I wanted to make an intimate album that had bombastic moments. The bass and drums helped define that. Cello is my instrument of choice when it comes to strings. It’s the instrument most capable of sadness and melancholy. The cello is the veil, the fog, and at times the guiding light — the drums the heart and blood.” White’s vision was aided by mixing engineer Mark Willsher, whose background in classical music and film score engineering complemented her spatial and stylistic sensibilities.
••■••   They Moved in Shadow All Togetherwas recorded at Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco, CA, and New and Improved studio in Oakland, CA, between December 2013 and September 2015. Emily Jane White is a musician, songwriter, and poet from Oakland, CA. She began performing under her own name in  name in 2003 and released her first album Dark Undercoat in 2007, with Victorian America, Ode to Sentience, and Blood/Lines following. White has cultivated a dedicated audience in Europe and North America. — Frances Marigold
Albums:
••■••   2007 Dark Undercoat      #143 FRA 
••■••   2009 Victorian America      #113 FRA 
••■••   2010 Ode to Sentience      #112 FRA 
••■••   2013 Blood / Lines  
••■••   2016 They Moved In Shadow All Together 
Website: http://www.emilyjanewhite.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/emilyjanewhite1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilyjane.white.9
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emilyjanewhiteofficial/?fref=ts                                                                    © Photo credit: Sarah Belin
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Emily Jane White — They Moved In Shadow All Together (Jul 08, 2016)

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