Emily Jane White “Liza”

By One Track Mind on Tuesday, March 9th, 2010  |  20,997 views

Alt-Folk, Indie-Pop

Emily Jane White “Liza” Emily Jane White “Liza”

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Take a stroll through reviews of Emily Jane White‘s music and you’re likely to trip over the same group of adjectives over and over: ghostly, dark, wounded, mysterious, poetic, heartbreaking, powerful. For an artist, these are all high praise, but the real majesty of her work lies in the fact that these ominous tones are wound up in something more elegant and moving than simply a minor key.

The San Francisco resident first debuted with 2007’s Dark Undercoat, which–in conjunction with steady gigging–earned her a respectable fan base in the Bay Area and (as these things sometimes go) in Europe. But despite critical raves, more general popular acclaim has been somewhat elusive here in the States. That is likely to change with the April 27th release of Victorian America on Milan Records, a sophomore effort that bears evidence of a fuller grasp of orchestration and a more mature approach to songwriting. In terms of breaking through to the next level, it may just do the trick.

“Liza” is the seventh track on Victorian American and is an excellent showcase for what makes Emily Jane White’s music so formidable. Its opening passage tenderly folds together plucked electric guitar strings, violin, and lap steel, all slowly churning beneath White’s smoky, smooth voice. It isn’t until halfway through the song that this basic recipe sees any changes; instead, it quietly broods for nearly two minutes, when a more percussive tone overtakes the proceedings for sixty seconds, transforming the track into a battle hymn. The final section of “Liza” is a resolution between these two different sensibilities, with the calmer one eventually winning out. Is it ghostly? Poetic? Dark? To be sure. However, it’s also a damned good song that isn’t content to linger in one mode or mood for longer than it should.

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11 Comments For This Post

  1. LULO Says:

    It´s a copy of the sweden girl Anna Ternheim – What Have I Done (2008)????

  2. Alexa Says:

    It is not a copy.

  3. LULO Says:

    uuuuuummmmmmm… but very very similar, no Alexa?

  4. whirlygig Says:

    Yeah…no.

    Just because one song reminds you of another song, doesn’t mean they are copies of one another. The two songs in question are fundamentally different.

    Play White’s song, then listen to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsG1IRLZiB4

    Entirely different.

  5. LULO Says:

    It´s more the voice and the style than the song i think. When i listened Emily she remember to me the great Anna Thernheim.

  6. LULO Says:

    9.13 puntuation! Are all the people in offerts??

  7. cameron Says:

    the styles of the two songs are definitely different enough to say that its not a copy. the vocal styles of both singers are incredibly similar tho

  8. Julian Christiano Says:

    Great article, thank you for a terrific read

  9. Landon Says:

    Very nice.
    Dark Undercoat can’t be beat though.

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