North by East West Review: In Technicolor

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North by East West : In Technicolor

Miss Emily Brown: In Technicolor

The sophomore LP of Miss Emily Brown was inspired by the discovery of her grandmothers World War 2 journal and it is awash with simple phrases and a gorgeous tapestry of music. Her arraignments are usually superficially simple with undertones of something much deeper. It is as if she touches on a deep rooted nerve that most of us did not know we had.

Her lyrics read like a colorful narrative of the Second World War. Anguish and pain in her words pull the listener through some of the most vivid scenes:

“On my day off I do the wash and black lead
Today I take the girls to see a show insteadAnd in the darkness of the Odeon I let it go
I yelled and cried when President Wilson’s wife died
I reconcile to do the things I am accused of
Stop turning down every man like I am used to”
You can picture the haunting sorrow that Emily culled from her grandmother’s journals, the loneliness of being a soldier’s wife, or of a girl waiting for a letter from the frontlines. The lyrics are often plainly worded yet phrased into something more timeless.
Miss Emily Brown somehow makes you want to go back and suffer through the pain the subjects in her songs endure. Written with such plain words as to be accessible to the masses and yet with such a vibrancy that draws the listener into a world wrought with questions and sorrow and harsh realities.
Her recent work with Corwin Fox in their project Morlove (to be released in February) seems to have helped her further develop as a songwriter. Her lyrics feel more fully developed than her 2008 debut Part of you Pours Out of Me… Not that she has ever had a deficiency lyrically, nor has she ever been lacking on the production side of things either. Her attention to detail is just as sharp as ever, even while preparing two projects at the same time.
In Technicolor is available from her website for download by paying what you think its worth, based on the fact that it has been in my player for a week straight without growing tired, this album has some shelf life, and like a good war story, it seems to only get better each time it is told. Put your headphones on, and enjoy.

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