Emily Wells’ latest LP Mama out now on Partisan Records

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Performer, producer, singer and composer Emily Wells recently saw the release of her acclaimed new album Mama, on Partisan Records, where her varied use of classical and modern instrumentation was embraced by many. Her deft approach to live sampling at shows helped her to amass a large following over the years as well. Just off a coast-to-coast tour with the Portland Cello Project, Emily Wells is now the subject of a brand new LaundroMatinee session recorded live with the Big Car Service Center in Indianapolis as a backdrop, where she performs "Mama's Gonna Give You Love" as well as "Symphony 1 In the Barrel of a Gun," taken from her previous album The Symphonies: Dreams Memories & Parties. Also recently, Anticon artist Baths (aka Will Wisenfeld) recently got ahold of the album's opening track "Piece of It," and dropped a graceful, evocative remix which was premiered on RCRD LBL.

Emily has a handful of upcoming lives dates remaining in the Northwest. If you haven't seen Emily live yet, don't miss your chance. Full dates are below.

Click Here for Emily Wells' Laundromatinee Session

Upcoming Emily Wells Live Dates
  • Thursday, May 31st // Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
  • Friday, June 1st // Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile (early show)
  • Saturday, June 2nd // Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
  • Sunday, June 3rd // Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
  • Saturday, June 9th // Spokane, WA @ Elk Fest
  • Sunday, July 22nd // Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive

Born to a music minister in Amarillo, Texas, Wells began learning violin at 4 at a community college. The family later moved to Indianapolis, where she discovered Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and Biggie Smalls[/font] and gradually moved from the Suzuki method to songwriting, guitars and home recording. Releasing her own music from a young age, Wells learned to keep her work close, and toured independently while developing her palate and performance across the U.S. It was in a humble garage studio in Los Angeles that Wells' recorded her 2008 breakthrough album, The Symphonies: Dreams Memories & Parties.

LISTEN | DOWNLOAD // 'Piece of It' (Baths Remix)


Three years later, Wells returns with Mama, a collection of songs as richly hued as ever, but imbued with a newfound warmth no doubt owing to the space it was conceived in. Wells rented a tiny cabin on a Topanga Canyon horse ranch and went to work, producing Mama and playing most of the instruments herself (with a little help from longtime touring companions, drummer Sam Halterman and bassist Joey Reina). She recorded the raw tracks to tape without punch-ins or loops, often in one take. In contrast to The Symphonies, these songs are less conceptual and experimental in both sound and content, and more traditional and universal in structure and the studies of love and grief. 2012 will find Wells touring behind Mama, and preparing for the release of Pillow fight, her long whispered-about collaboration with legendary producer Dan The Automator.

Mama Tracklisting:
01. Piece of It
02. Dirty Sneakers and Underwear
03. Passenger (free download)
04. Mama's Gonna Give You Love
05. Johnny Cash's Mama's House
06. Let Your Guard Down
07. Fire Song
08. No Good
09. Instrumental
10. Darlin'

For more information, check out:

Partisan Records

Emily Wells Official Site
Emily Wells Facebook
Terrorbird Press Page

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