The debut album by Emma-Jean Thackray feels exactly like
the sort of thing we’ve been longing for over the last 12
months: a transcendent, human, shared experience. Across
its 49 minutes, Yellow draws glowing lines between ‘70s jazz
fusion and P-Funk, the cosmic invocations of Sun Ra and
Alice Coltrane, and the gorgeous orchestration of the Beach
“I wanted the whole thing to sound like a psychedelic trip,”
explains Thackray. “You put on the first track, it takes you
through this intense experience for almost an hour, and then
you emerge on the other side transformed.” The result is an
album that speaks the language of positivity, as rich lyrically
as it is musically. You might best understand what Thackray
does through reference to auteur figures like Brian Wilson or
Madlib, who straddle instrumentation, arrangement and
production in order to bring the sound in their head to fruition.
As a composer, producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ,
Emma is just as at home working with the London Symphony
Orchestra as she is hosting her show on Worldwide FM.
Production credits and collaborations include the likes of
Squid, Makaya McCraven, BLU and Pinty.
May There Be Peace
Rahu & Ketu
Mercury (In Retrograde)
Cataloegue Number: MVMTT04LP