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EMMA HUNTER

WE REVIEW THE NEW EP FROM EMMA HUNTER – MORIRE

1950s-inspired guitarist and loop artist Emma Hunter exudes drama, evocation, and intricacy. She offers infinite discovery with a plethora of worldly influences backing her music. Now, partnered with the equally inspired percussionist Tom Bruce, she has created a very special new EP, Morire.

The bold affair begins with Guilty. Through introspective lyrics backed by strong, soulful instrumentation, Hunter describes her experience with guilt and the inner turmoil it has caused her since childhood. The guitar has a psychedelic twang that reflects the song’s religious connotations, intertwining with the fear Hunter felt as she let go of her troubled thoughts.

Guilty is a deep artistic exploration of such broad and relatable themes, cracking the door to the rest of the EP that follows suit.

The second track is a lengthy listen coming in at just under 5 minutes. With structural and instrumental variation, Love Is Not A Choice is a zesty celebration of love’s diversity. However, it’s not the chirpy LGBTQ+ anthem that you may imagine. It kicks off with a minor guitar hook and vocal sequences laced with haunting inflections. To the ear, it feels less proud and more reserved, despite the uplifting words: this love is gonna show me who I am/your love is gonna make me feel complete.

This contrast makes the song a confusing listen, but still pleasant, nonetheless. It is refreshing to see Hunter transport this overdone topic into a new landscape, giving both the theme and flamenco sound a new lease of life.

Hunter then draws us into a more reflective moment with Awaken Me. This third track feels like a sequel to the first, rooted in letting go of past trauma and pushing on. Here we see Hunter’s loop skills shine, as each part repeats indefinitely beneath her powerful vocals.

The inspiration behind this song becomes clear as it evolves, replicating the sensation of moving forward.

The EP’s title track comes last, and it’s certainly the main event. Named the Italian word Morire, the song embodies its direct translation “to die and fade.” It’s a whole drama wrapped in intricate melodies, sun-blistered instrumentation, and huge, burgeoning dynamics that represent the vices to which we are so often overcome.

Morire is another long one, but the way it builds and flourishes with such intention distracts from its length. The entire production is crafted to retain listener attention while allowing us to interpret the song in a way that resonates with us. It is the definition of a grand finale.

To summarise, this EP from Emma Hunter has some truly breath-taking moments. She takes us through complex soundscapes, all while making it palatable for the everyday listener with themes we can empathise with.

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