Emma Waters

In a review many moons ago, Josh Earl described EWAH’s songs as “the bastard offspring of a damp night involving Cat Power, Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen.” He also went on to say, “I could say PJ Harvey but that is just being lazy and not entirely honest.”

There are still remnants of this spiritual blues and prickly post-punk vibe, but with each project EWAH has shifted and evolved, exploring different characteristics of her voice and instrumentation. Songs have traversed themes of heart-aching honesty, wry domestic drama and escapist Australiana. Conceptual releases like album GOSPEL DANCE (2010) explored spirituality, primitivism and rhythm.

In 2010 EWAH won the APRA Darebin Songwriters’ award for a capella song, When You’re Down and Out.

After 14 years of life in Melbourne, many of them spent treading the world of sticky carpet pubs, she relocated to home state Tasmania.

In 2015, after settling into Hobart life, she flirted with electronica and released the single Superstition or Love. Mixdown Mag described it as “elegant and leisurely at the surface with plenty of emotions brewing below.”

Armed with a suite of new songs, she formed four-piece The Vision of Paradise (TVOP) and set to work playing pub shows and a slew of festivals including A Festival Called Panama, Dark Mofo and BIGSOUND.

Early in 2017 the band released 8 track album Everything Fades to Blue. It went on to make album of the week on Edge Radio, top 10 Australian underground releases (The Guardian), and has picked up national and international radio play, including BBC Radio 6 show Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service (UK). Their music has been described as “epic post-punk with a scope as wide as the Australian skyline.”

EWAH also writes fiction under the name Emma L Waters, though not nearly enough. She has had a modest number of works published, including a piece in Seven Stories, a compilation of Tasmanian writers.

 

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