For some songwriters, making music is a question of process. Joining the dots. But for Brisbane local, Emma Bosworth, it’s a whole different deal. For her music is about capturing a moment. Putting herself in a whole new situation and seeing what happens. Embracing the chaos. And it’s that sense of adventure and collaboration that is at the heart of her latest release Oh Man.
Rewind a few years and it is not hard to see where she is coming from. For many years Emma has been at the very heart of Brisbane’s creative music community. Alongside her solo career has been stints with her early outfit The Flying Chimnees and J-Pan Fan. Bands which saw Emma smash her own way through the boy’s club of indie rock. Now though, she draws on a broader palate. After the release of her debut solo album back in 2014 – Emma has managed to balance babies, collaborations, and her role as CEO for Green Music Australia.
The first taste of her most recent album was the acclaimed single People Get Ready – a pitch-perfect slice of brilliant writing. Now there is Oh Man written and recorded with producer on the rise and long-term friend Alex Henriksson. Oh Man is a whole different vibe for Emma in a special and exciting way. It demonstrates skill and to put it quite simply, is just a cool song where both vocals marry up like were made to be sung together. It also has a lot of special elements with gorgeous explosions of sounds that still let the vocals shine, giving off Tame Impala and Go-Betweens vibes.
Ask what the song is about, and you get no easy answers. Only more questions. “Is it a reflection of our current times and times passed, are we born into the wrong era? Can we rewrite the future? Do we romanticise about generations passed not knowing their limitations?” Says Emma. The footage of Emma and Alex in the cabin was taken at this year’s Wild Mountains Songs.
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