EMILY JANE WHITE
 
Confirms UK tour for September
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Victorian America is out NOW via Tailitres
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“It’s difficult not to be captivated by White, an elegant singer whose voice has a firm centre with soothing edges. Sumptuous” uncut magazine
 
                                        “Emily Jane White is demonstrably capable of making powerful, moving music” DIS 
 
“quietly seductive” Sunday Telegraph
 
“her music harks back to when women were sexier with their clothes on and bluesy, female voices sounded as smoky as the bars they frequented.” Clash

“White hits the mark to devastating effect’ Plan B
 
 
Emily Jane White has confirmed a full UK tour in September, including a performance at this year’s End of the Road Festival.
 
White, who released her second album, the elegantly lush, Victorian America (via Tailitres) earlier this summer, 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 new 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 (Tailitres), 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 colour, 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”. White’s ethereal conjuring glides the listener through bright lights and high waters - 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 recognition amassing from key US publications and with a large European fan base - the reward of near-constant touring - Emily Jane White should be marked as a one to watch this year.
 
Victorian America 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.

 
UK DATES
2-Sep UK Norwich Arts Centre Support from Alessi's Ark
3-Sep UK Brighton The Basement Support from Matt Bauer / Dana Falconberry
4-Sep UK Bristol The Cube
5-Sep UK Cardiff 10 Feet Tall
6-Sep UK Leeds Oporto
7-Sep UK Glasgow 13th Note
8-Sep UK Hull The New Adelphi
9-Sep UK London Slaughtered Lamb Support from Les Shelleys
10-Sep UK Dorset End of the Road Festival Day One with Modest Mouse, Here We Go
Magic, Wolf Parade, New Pornographers, Edwyn Collins.


FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL NITA/JOSH ON 01600 892 690

 
 


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