Launceston based singer-songwriter Emma Anglesey’s debut single Bike saw her become a Triple J Unearthed Spotlight Artist and the track was used by Triple J to advertise Unearthed Radio. “Wow. We’re gonna have to learn how to pronounce your surname coz I reckon we’re gonna be saying it a lot.” Kyran Wheatley, Presenter of Triple J’s Weekend Breakfast. (Anglesey is pronounced: Angle-sea).
The second single from her upcoming record, Mary-Anne, was released in November 2016 and received great write ups in Rolling Stone Magazine and Tone Deaf. “Pulsing strings and light syncopation open “Mary-Anne”, a song that flourishes in its delicacy but is punctured with grit.” Rolling Stone Magazine, 2016. Mary-Anne has been added to the ABC local playlist nation-wide and to the Unearthed Radio and Double J playlists. “This track is beautifully entrancing”, Peta Waller-Bryant, Double J Music Programmer.
Both songs are from Emma’s forthcoming EP produced by Joshua Barber (Gretta Ray, Goyte, Archie Roach). On the making of the album Josh said, “I met Emma at a small folk festival in Tasmania and she was one of the stand-out writers I heard there so I told her I’d love to work with her. Emma’s songs are thematically articulate, with visual and almost tactile lyrics that I really enjoyed working to and selecting sounds that build towards these emotional environments.” Award winning composer Jonathan Dreyfus arranged strings for the track Mary-Anne (and the record) and it was mastered by Lachlan Carrick (Goyte, Lior).
In 2016 Emma featured at a number of Tasmanian Festivals including A festival called Panama, Festival of Voices, DARK MOFO and Fall Festival. So far in 2017 she’s supported The Waif’s 25th Anniversary Tour and the Canadian band the East Pointers who just won a JUNO award.