'There's something utterly compelling about the sea. In every dream I have at night, the sea is usually the star of the show. It's the thing I feel most in tune with.'
Emily Davis celebrates the anticipated release of her third studio album, ‘You, Me & The Velvet Sea’ at Jive on April 14th. Having earned a reputation for delivering ‘utterly absorbing’ (DB Magazine) and ‘breathtaking’ (Rip It Up) live, shows, Davis is excited to bring the album to the stage with the help of her stellar band.
‘You, Me & the Velvet Sea’ has a sound that splits the difference between folk and rock driven by Davis’ sassy and syrupy voice and evocative lyrics. The tracks contemplate love in all of its incarnations, conjuring cinematic images, and haunting tableaus, and sass, inspired by the ever-changing mood of the sea.
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01 Bled For you
03 Moonlight voodoo
04 Stars grow cold
05 Oh Lord
06 Bring forth the Queen of Mexico
07 Hold on
08 You bury me
09 Eve’s Blues
About the album/Credits
Emily Davis has always found solace in the sea. Her earliest childhood memory of being knee deep in the shallows, watching the swell grow as a thunderstorm rolled in to the shore, hints at her fascination with the cinematic spectacle of the ocean. ‘There’s something utterly compelling about the sea. In every dream I have at night, the sea is usually the star of the show. It’s the thing I feel most in tune with.’
Despite leaving the Eyre Peninsula as a small child, her connection with the sea remains unbroken. So, it’s no surprise that the endless sea, and the drama it conjures is a symbolic feature of most songs on Davis’ third studio album, ‘You, Me & the Velvet Sea.’ ‘It’s not a concept album,’ says Davis. ‘But, nearly every track features the symbolism of the sea. In a way, the sea becomes the metaphor for love, in all its incarnations, which is the driver behind every song.’
Davis is a much-loved singer-songwriter, whose music explores the very essence of human connection through love, the universal truths we all know but are often too afraid to admit, and her enduring belief in the transformative power of love. She has lived a life with her heart on her sleeve, and despite the (sometimes) dire consequences, remains steadfast in her devotion to love.
‘After a long songwriting drought, my life took a dramatic turn, and I was suddenly overwhelmed with new songs. It was like a flood. Day or night I’d have to stop whatever I was doing and scratch down a melody or chord progression. They all felt honest, even if the lyrics were a little sassy, or written in a narrative voice that was stylised. I was newly single, living alone for the first time ever, and reassessing everything I’d ever loved, trying to make sense of it all.’ Davis confirms that despite some sadness, the underlying tone of the album is one of hope. ‘It’s not all dark! In those times, I realised how loved I was, and ended up writing odes to friends and family who saw me through the dark times.’
The album was recorded Chapel Lane Studios, at a leisurely pace over three months. It was also lovingly co-produced with Davis’ band of female players. A somewhat motley crew, Davis is convinced their deep emotional connection is what makes it all stick.
‘It’s surprising that we managed to make a cohesive, folk-rock album given the different styles everyone masters. Annie (Bass) and Holly (Drums) are superb Jazz musicians, Tori is a virtuosic classical violinist, and Emily Smith is a highly sought-after country guitarist; but despite their differences, everyone left their ego at the door, worked super collaboratively and lovingly to make the record shine.’
The album, featuring 10 tracks, departs from her gentle pop-folk style of albums past and has a rockier feel, with more dramatic notions and textured electric and acoustic guitar layers. Inspired by the work of The Dirty Three, and storytellers such as Brandi Carlile, Davis creates a bed of washy and sometimes gritty guitars, epic floor toms and thudding bass, offset by fiddle and sweet four-part harmonies. Davis’ evocative lyrics are delivered front and centre with her syrupy voice, which despite being a little older, and wiser, resonate with honesty and warmth.
Davis will launch ‘You, Me and the Velvet Sea’ at Jive on April 14th, with her full band and follow this up with a National Tour in May.
This album was lovingly co-produced with my sublime bandmates Holly Thomas (Drums), Annie Siegmann (Bass, Backing Vocals), Tori Phillips (Fiddle, Backing Vocals) and Emily A Smith (Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Backing Vocals)… (PS thanks Aaron Thomas for the tambourine!). Eternal thanks and big love. Recorded at Chapel Lane Studios, Adelaide South Australia. Engineered by Simon Kither (Assistant Engineer Bethan Maddison). Mixed by Michael Carver. Emotional Support by Emily Bettison. Mastered by Neville Clark at Disk Edits. Thank you for your care and attention to bring these songs to life. Art direction, graphic design and photography for the album produced, shot and edited by Brent Leideritz. Costume and set styling by Angelique Joy. Special thanks to Mum, Nikki, Kre, Ada, Alex and my extended family and friends for their unconditional love. Finally, to everyone who has supported my music ventures I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without you, none of this would be possible. For full album lyrics & more head to www.emilydavis.com.au