Pitchfork premieres Emily Jane Whites “Liza” on Forkcast
Three Intimate NYC Shows kick off at Sycamore on March 2nd
” …smokey, rich vocal timbre is a perfect match for her folky, rustic tunes. “Liza”….has a cyclical guitar line and swooning strings that build into a storming conclusion…”
Emily Jane White releases “Victorian America” on April 27th on Milan Records
The follow up to her 2007 beloved collection of beautiful, shadowy tunes “Dark Undercoat”, Emily Jane White was recently nominated for her third SF Weekly Music Award and has spent extensive time touring heavily in Europe.
NYC Tour Dates:
March 2nd- Sycamore- Brooklyn NY
March 5th- The Living Room- NYC
March 6th- Rockwood Music Hall- NYC
Live on The Takeaway Show/ La Blogoteque
She performs songs from the albums “Dark Undercoat” and “Victorian America” and some new ones
Press is WOWED by Emily Jane White:
Rolling Stone: Hot Issue- Hot Chanteuse
….enough gothic imagery for an Edgar Allan Poe novel….
“….White gives her wounds names and turns them into living characters, able to break hearts or carry axes. She personifies and abstracts them….”
“….San Francisco-based singer-songwriter with a dark streak, has the perfect voice — a coarse but beautifully aged alto soaked in rye….a beautifully produced collection of shiver-inducing songs, and one I’ll return to many times this year.”
“…Emily Jane White…a ghostly charisma that sets her starkly apart from peers…”
Voice of America:
“Emily Jane White performs richly descriptive songs that often tell dark and mysterious stories…. the music is filled with a warm physicality.”
“White has a voice that is luxuriously dark and peaceful, strumming her guitar with ease and an ear for both a poetic line and a musical phrase, and she absolutely has the face of an angel…..She’s a star. “
“Emily Jane White is obviously a talented singer/songwriter. Her tunes are subtle and heartbreaking, full of empty space around her soft guitars and piano….”
Gorilla vs Bear:
“…a beautiful piece, both lyrically and musically…”
“Emily Jane White swings the pendulum back to music that requires steady listening…”
Get To Know Emily Jane White:
Emily Jane White was raised in Fort Bragg, California, a seaside town nestled in the misty, secluded woodland of the Mendocino Coast where old men tell stories about logging and young girls dream of San Francisco. Time moves slowly in Fort Bragg, where in place of big-city sharp shocks of excitement there stretches one drawn-out, stable truth, quiet and unflinching. You will live, Fort Bragg says, and then you will also assuredly die.
Though Emily Jane White’s newest album, “Victorian America”, was written largely in San Francisco and Oakland, the atmosphere of her upbringing permeates her songs. White has no patience with light fare. “I don’t write happy music. I’m drawn to writing sad songs”, she says. “Reflective, contemplative songs. I truly believe that that’s my job. It’s not my job to create happy music. I’m okay with that.”
This pensive feeling was established with White’s first album, “Dark Undercoat”, which critics and fans alike called a masterpiece; White herself is more inclined to call it a bare set of sketches. Conversely, “Victorian America” fills in the blank lines from “Dark Undercoat” with color, dynamics, orchestrations and a richer sense of poetics, the product of the three years’ work. “I pushed myself a little bit further in terms of songwriting”, White notes, “and the arrangements were more of a collaboration between everyone involved in the band. Fortunately this group of people allowed for a lot of experimentation. It was an incredibly organic and enjoyable process.”
That easy majesty from some of the Bay Area’s best players is evident from the first track, “Never Dead”, on the intro the unconventional song structure of “Stairs”. White’s ethereal conjuring glides the listener through bright lights and high waters of the little track, a lament for lost hopes backed by a sublime string arrangement, and White holds poetically to the Poe tradition with the seven-minute opus “The Ravens”.
Lyrically, White’s themes act like a devil on both shoulders who long ago killed off the angel. “There’s a lot of references in the record to political issues, death and dying”, she explains, “there’s not a lot of literal narrative. I strive to create scenes in my writing that allow for abstract rather than literal interpretation”.
With positive coverage in Spin and Rolling Stone and with a large European fan base – the reward of near-constant touring – Emily Jane White is the newcomer to watch this year. “Victorian America”, like the country it is banned for, is not an album that rests easy, nor does it exist for the sake of existing.
From beginning to end, this is new mystic American songwriting at it finest.