Emma Swift is a wandering songwriter who splits her time between Sydney, Australia and Nashville, Tennessee. A fan of minor chords, gin and endless pedal steel, she likes to play vulnerable music. Her heroes, in no particular order are: Gram Parsons, Bill Callahan, Anais Nin, Lucinda Williams and whoever invented dry shampoo.
With a tear in her voice filtered through ’70s mariachi static, Swift’s music hearkens back to the golden age of music when singers sang your life back to you. It is a voice of pure heartbreak, delivering songs that are equal parts heart-worn and careworn, modern, insouciant, witty and feminist.
A lonesome-voiced singer and award-winning radio broadcaster in her hometown of Sydney, it was a move away from Australia to Nashville, Tennessee that inspired Emma to write and record her solo debut.
The debut mini-album features Bryan Owings (Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Iris Dement, Patty Griffin) on drums, Russ Pahl (John Hiatt, The Secret Sisters, Elton John) on pedal steel, James Haggerty (The Autumn Defense) on bass and Anne McCue on guitars.
The songs are imbued with an easy smile, vulnerability and toughness calling to mind artists like Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star, or Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies.
Emma was nominated for an ARIA Award (Australian GRAMMY Award) for her debut release.
PRAISE FOR EMMA’S DEBUT RELEASE:
“Swift has created a dreamy intoxicated world where the heavy-lidded noir crawl of bands like Mazzy Star and Spain co-exist with late-night honky tonk bars, tear-stained sheets and flickering neon signs.” – Chris Familton, Post To Wire
“Too quiet, too slow, too tender and too far from the middle of the road? Yeah, probably. Like any of those are bad things.” – Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald
“A 4am record, evocative of two smokes left in the pack and empty glasses on the coffee table.” Jeff Glorfeld,The Age
“A 6 track collection of divine entrancing pure country gold [that] will have you drooling for the half hour it takes to infiltrate your senses…. She has her pulse on the real thing as this pedal steel driven batch of sad songs, drizzled with soul and sung at a luring pace, oozes with golden class from start to finish.” David Hughes, Three Chords and The Truth UK
Emma Swift (INDEPENDENT)
Emma Swift & Robyn Hitchcock “FOLLOW YOUR MONEY/ MOTION PICTURES” (Yep Roc Records, Limited edition Record Store Day 7 inch)