New York based singer/songwriter Emma Frank returns with a new album for 2019 entitled Come Back, following the success of her critically acclaimed 2018 release, Ocean Av. With news of this and the release of new single, I Thought, The Fountain caught up with Emma about the new album and her plans for touring.
TF: You’ve just had a new single out, what has the reception been like so far?
People like it, I think. At least that’s what they tell me. I am getting good feedback from both musicians and non-musicians, which is great, and which is really the goal – to make music that is satisfying after one listen or many, that feels emotionally and intellectually engaging, regardless of who is listening.
TF: Can you tell us a bit more about I Thought, what did you think?
Sure. I Thought came out almost fully formed one day at the piano. It’s really a meditation or contemplation on how my impressions of things aren’t always correct. Our minds are so powerful, and it can be such a relief to recognize that everything is mutable – our situations, our thoughts, and the way that we view ourselves and our lives. I was finding myself stuck in some pretty dark, fatalistic thinking – this repetitive thought that I’ve ruined things. On the one hand, it’s a coping mechanism, sort of preparing for the worst. But it’s also so punitive. So this is a meditation on that, on releasing that negativity and allowing change to happen, allowing a shift.
TF: And this is from a new album out in September, what can we expect from that?
More songs! I worked with pianist Aaron Parks on this record and really wanted to capture the magical space of playing duo with him, so there are quite a few duo songs on the record, including a composition of his that I set lyrics to. In general, these songs are about a sort of unlearning – rather than preparing myself for loss, being present for the abundance of love that I’ve been blessed with. Not that I’m always effective at that, by any means, but these songs document that work in a way. The title, Come Back, was this reminder that I kept giving myself about commitment in every part of my life – to not flee the situation when things get hard, to trust that there is learning happening, even if it’s scary or uncomfortable.
TF: Now I see you are performing in London, but have you any plans to perform North of the Border?
Yes! I’ll be touring the album in October.
TF: What are the rest of your plans for 2019?
Come Back is being released September 6th, and we will be celebrating that at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. I will be performing in London at the end of September. We’ll be heading to Boston and Burlington, Vermont in October before heading north for our Canada dates. Then we head back to Europe for a tour in February, but I guess that’s already 2020. Other than touring, I’m trying to keep writing, which can feel very slow, and I’m rehearsing with my band every week, working on a new instrumentation and orchestration for these songs.
Come Back is out on 6th September 2019, via Justin Time/Nettwerk Music Group.