Exclaim! February 2010: Miss Emily Brown In Technicolor

Miss Emily Brown: In Technicolor
By Nereida Fernandes (February 2010)

Miss Emily Brown’s sophomore album is perfectly represented by its title and the lace doily pictured on the front cover. As her tracks weave in and out of complementary musical styles, vivid yet delicate colours of sound, emanating from a fiddle, an Autoharp and a pianet, are superimposed over one another, resulting in a decadent effect. The lo-fi electronic pop, reminiscent of Frou Frou on opener “Septuagesima,” is an unexpected welcome. Then there’s the Norah Jones-like title track and the music box merry-go-round of “To Make Love Stay,” all of them bound by the same sweet, tuneful voice. Based in Iroquois, ON, Miss Brown invites us to explore her family history with lyrics inspired by her grandmother’s WWII journal. The songwriting concept is brilliant and one for which she was granted funding by the Canada Council for the Arts. Ironically, In Technicolor is so compelling vocally, and sonically, with its eclectic mix of instrumentation, that it somewhat eclipses her eloquent poetry. But that just means you have something else to focus on by the billionth listen ― hardly a drawback.

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North by East West Review: In Technicolor

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.

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Their Bated Breath: In Technicolor

IN TECHNICOLOR | Miss Emily Brown

January 23, 2010 at 4:11 am 2 comments

Words by David D. Robbins Jr. ©
Album: In Technicolor •  Release Date: Jan. 18, 2010

Miss Emily Brown has done something wonderfully beyond music on her sophomore album, “In Technicolor”. She has given voice to the dead. If there’s one thing to take away from this inventive album it’s this: There’s a whole world of beauty and wisdom to be gleaned from people whose very lives are their legacies. And yes, the past is prologue.

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