She's got rhythm, she's got soul, she's got sensitivity, she's just got it.
Original Download/CD release: 23rd September 2015
EBM 001 : Emily Browne Music
Emily’s debut album is a reflection on 5 years of song-writing with local session musician friends forming a very talented band who recorded the music originally at the well-known and, great sounding, Vale Studios in Worcestershire
The album features world class musician Eddie Myer (Turin Brakes) who put his well-known bass lines onto the album and was mixed by Steve Orchard, who has worked with Paul McCartney, Damien Rice and Bjork. Frank Arkwight (Turin Brakes/Gomez) then put his finishing touches to the record and mastered the album at Abbey Road.
Emily Browne’s musical journey began as a school-age clarinetist and drummer, and it is only in recent years that she has found her true calling as a guitarist and singer/songwriter. Indeed, it was not until 2009 that she first stepped out into the gigging scene of her native Warwickshire “We were keen to get the live band feel on this album” says Emily, who went onto say “very much in the Glyn Johns mid 70s - Joan Armatrading tradition with little modern day post production to ruin it! One for the purist if you like and a very honest version of what you hear when you see us live”
Even the bookmakers took note and gave Emily Browne 60/1 chance of winning the prestigious Mercury Music Prize!
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'Strangest Places' holds everything together from the off. As the texture of her voice holds firm there is a languid touch keeping it grounded and in contention. Suitably the clean showing framing the delivery situates all of the ornate tidings in a way that gives it prominence where and when it takes flight. A bit more telling is 'Boom'. Things settle into a freer contention which gives the paunched demeanour added bite. The lyrical inspiration finds a sense of modernity when the murder ballad qualities are considered, but hints of PJ Harvey also fit around the noir texture which benefits from the expert touches stowed away. Then the tantalising pique in the flight takes 'Love Me Back' where it needs to go. A flourish in the guitar gives the wallowed vocals further digression yet it manages to flit between both approaches without losing anything. In terms of substance it is all carefully placed and managed throughout.
How the vocals reach out and grab you on 'Somewhere Else In Time' justifies an appreciation to the sullen movement in the arrangement as the affluent graduation is embraced. This approach and prowess narrows the reach in the right places and is processed to accommodate the requisite lean turning where needed. Presiding over the opening of 'Letterbox' (no pun intended) is a homely precision which starts slowly but builds steadily to call upon a more elaborate blues influence. Despite the sleight of hand in the dynamic being a little on the light side the way it all runs comes off as intended. There is a true sense of dedication found on 'Out Of Sight'. You note that in the comfortable way she inhabits the performance. The mindful characteristics yield something truly effective in how proactive they prove to be.
The scatty and funky apparel gives 'Snap & Crackle' a real shot in the arm. The kink lifting the rhythm shows absolutely. How that interweaves with the arcs builds the presence to enable the execution run smoothly. What also works is the fine balance between the vocals and the arrangement. It seems that the latter tracks on the album really see her up her game and it is again a case as 'She Crazy' blends her vocals comfortably with a more upbeat number. This time out the pull factor is very much drawn from the guitar riff. How that hits hard and fast is concentrated to corner the impact. But the blistering turn of pace is also considered with the vocals which is why everything turns up here. Then there is a dean jazz vibe going on with 'Stood Still'. The layering ambitiously drives the movement but also communicates a finite sense of style behind it all. She certainly saves the best for last with 'Ego'. Immediately the stature is secured from the acoustic guitar and her vocals. By stripping things back and laying it bare everything comes full circle, but it also proves that sometimes less is more. ” Unsigned and Independent Magazine
“The lead track on the EP ‘Stood Still’ is the standout track, and with the re-emergence of Jazz and Folk to the charts especially with acts such as Lianne La Havas and Mumford and Sons getting critical acclaim, it could well be that Emily has timed it perfectly to make her debut, with her warm, deep velvety tones also injecting a contemporary feel to these classically jazz infused tunes. Keep your eyes peeled as it surely can’t be long before Emily is singing alongside Jools Holland on ‘Later’!” Jackie Nutt - Lyric Lounge Review
“..chuck the 26th November into your indie diaries folks: 'Brownian Motion' is set to hit the UK with a triple dose of musical medicine...three tracks that span a solar system of abstract musical genres, from Folk, through hazy Lo-Fi to pseudo Jazz. Adjectives don’t really work with Emily Browne nor her music, so just have a listen...” Ian Horrocks, Editor - turnon-tunein.com
“...I’m glad I took the time out to listen to these three tracks, and kept a patient and open mind when listening to them. They are simply excellent! ” LOUD HORIZON
Crazy Jazz with well-crafted songs!!!
“...Brownian Motion is the presumably random moving of particles suspended in a fluid a liquid or a gas resulting from their bombardment by the fast-moving atoms or molecules in the gas or liquid. I am pleased to say there is nothing random about the three well crafted songs on the debut EP by Warwickshire based singer Emily Browne. Each song shows a slightly different side of her obvious talents.
The first track 'Stood Still' shows the Blues and Jazz roots, rather than sat in front of a laptop this song should be placed in a smoky French bar with a nice of glass of something as smooth as the vocals......'She Crazy' is a more traditional singer songwriter style song, very acoustic guitar driven, but with those jazzy elements still sneaking in via the piano. 'Snap and Crackle' pops up as the final track again displays similar leaning perhaps showing the strength of the voice a bit more. Overall a good set of songs for a debut EP as it shows there is a lot of breadth to this new artist.....while there are some strong influences showing this EP shows an act capable of producing very good original tunes too... ” Jon Cooper - www.musictrespass.com
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Born in England in 1985, Emily Browne's musical journey began as a school-age clarinettist and drummer, and it is only in recent years that she has found her true calling as a guitarist and singer/songwriter. Indeed, it was not until 2009 that she first stepped out into the gigging scene of her native Warwickshire as part of guitar-bass duo "Brownian Motion."
Since then, Emily has played well-received acoustic sets across the Midlands and around the country, while expanding her musical range in the studio. With the release of her debut EP – “Brownian Motion” – in 2012 Emily Browne showed what she could do with her own band. In 2014 she started rehearsing and recording her debut album with a brand new band of talented musicians at Vale Studios. The album has just been mastered at Abbey Road and official release for CD and download is on the 23rd September 2015 through independent label - Emily Browne Music.
Emily’s broad slate of influences - including Gomez, Turin Brakes, Reef, John Martyn and Joan Armatrading - makes the pigeon-holing of Emily Browne's music an exercise fraught with the risk of misunderstanding. That said, while her work can be placed into a broader female vocal category alongside such contemporary singers as Lianne La Havas and Anna Calvi, Emily's voice itself carries more than a suspicion of classic British female singers like Sandy Denny.
Her musical style is an eclectic mix of Funk, Rock, Jazz and Folk and combines with her very distinct voice to create a heady musical cocktail indeed!