EMEI's debut is an immersive 40+ minutes of luscious sound design and intriguing atmospherics.
It anounces itself with frosted bell-like tones mapping out an innocent, nursery rhyme-like melody that distorts and manipulates as layers of her own voice are fed into the mix and the tension mounts steadily before it all evaporates suddenly to empty space...
From here on in, synth drones, treated accordion, field recordings, vocal loops and a deft application of distortion processes combine to create a captivating and engrossing soundworld that can conjure numerous different textures and emotional responses, sometimes all at once.
EMEI's own beautiful, haunting analog photography adorns the packaging.
"...a throbbing rumble, like the onset of a ghostly motorcycle gang, streaks through ‘Safe From The Storm’, whose droning top notes carry a human/machine eeriness loosely similar to Aidan Baker or Fennesz. Highly worthwhile as debut offerings go."
NOEL GARDNER, THE QUIETUS, Noel's Foul House: Best of 2017
"...a hyper-limited sound-sketch by EMEI... ...textures that bear comparison to the likes of both Fennesz and Explosions In The Sky. The record is an impressionistic one, with nursery-rhyme melodies, found sounds, screeching drones and more flitting in and out of the mix."
"...this album’s a well-observed beast full of smooth debris and disembodied shade, a fleeting flavour of moth wings puckering the dusty air as it milks a sense of ruined grandeur, slips its shackles to whispering keystrokes and a serration of sampledelica..."
MICHAEL RODHAM-HEAPS, FREQ
"While this cassette can take you on many different adventures, most of that is up to you. Will you listen to this before you go to sleep? How about while you drive? While you walk? While you work? The different surroundings you place yourself in should lead to this forming different stories for you. It kind of makes me want to call this "Every Mind Every Imagination"."
JOSH MACALA, RAISED BY GYPSIES