photography by Nick Piesk
Emma Elisabeth wears her heart on her sleeve. Blossoming in an environment full of musicians, one can notice in each of her lines, melodies and performances that music for her is much more than just wanting to be successful. Rather, it seems to be like her greatest love, that lets her look back and reappraise experiences, even painful ones.
Growing up in Sweden, the charismatic singer and songwriter is currently living in Berlin. But she explains that the “Swedish” is still strongly in her roots. “It’s deep within my bones. I once went to an art exhibition in my hometown which was called ‘Scandinavian Pain’. That’s it. I guess we’re all very prone to that kind of feeling.” A statement that is also referring to Emma’s influences for her music, which always seems to have a slightly melancholical touch. But maybe it’s also a bit of the bittersweet taste of wistfulness in search of “Some Kind Of Paradise”, as her promising latest album title reveals. But despite melancholy, there is always also hope on the horizon. The album is about self-belief and about becoming the master of your own fate. “Even if something is broken you can create something out of it, something that feels like some kind of paradise. Or take nature, for example, and how much new life may bloom from a wildfire.”
The second single out of her LP is called “Lovers” and its poetic lyrics are based on the special and vulnerable moments in a relationship. Emma’s voice, distinctive and melancholical, sings a ballad about herself.
As she explains about the song: “It kinda explores how epic yet fragile a relationship can be. If something feels great and carefree at the moment, enjoy it. At some point that rush will start fading, and you might see things in a different light. But you can always look back at that moment in time, not being in control and enjoying it. I wrote and recorded it in collaboration with my colleague Dane Etteridge, and the song was written with a big focus on the melody first of all, just starting with an acoustic guitar and vocal. Right before I had also just twisted my knee when falling with my bike, so maybe that’s how the vocals got this extra layer of pain.”