To have a song perfectly compliment the vocals of an artist is such a rare thing, that we often forget that the marriage between the two can be so detailed and intricate that it can make or break a song within the first few bars. Proof of this often lay within remakes of tracks that perform better, chart wise, than the original. Linda Em’s new song titled ‘Wild Fire’, is a perfect example of that perfect melting pot of voices and music. The beautifully woven duet of Linda and co-singer Gavin Glass sit perfectly atop an intricate musical underbelly of swells and sways in such a way that the originality and inspiration carry the song through the speakers.
The ‘London Irish’ EP will be available through the regular online stores and streaming platforms as of September 21, 2018, and will also be available on CD from Talking Elephant Records.
About Linda Em
London-based Irish-born songstress Linda Em has announced her new ‘London Irish’ EP, to be released this fall via Talking Elephant Records. Ahead of that, ‘Wild Fire’ is the first single from this release – a sultry song that is as much of an earworm as it is seductive.
This EP is the first step in a different direction for Linda, towards a more atmospheric and spacious sound and vocal performance. It is both poetic and storytelling while still being brutally honest and personal. Her pure and raw vocals beautifully convey a nostalgic lyrical narrative, her warm endearing vocals drawing the listener into her musical storytelling.
The ‘London Irish’ EP was recorded, produced and mastered at Orphan Recording, Dublin by Gavin Glass (Paul Brady, John Grant, Lisa Hannigan, Mundy), who is also the music director for John Carney’s film ‘Sing Street’). It was mixed by Scott Halliday (John Grant, Lisa Hannigan and previously guitar tech for Prince and James Vincent Mcmorrow).
‘Wild Fire’ is about the power struggle in a relationship built on control and passion, where there can be no victor. Written by Linda Em and Eamon P. Gilmore, on this track, Em shares vocal duties with Gavin Glass.
“This is definitely more of a love story or indeed a power battle. If you watch Game of Thrones, for instance, you’ll see that Wild Fire was one of their deadly weapons of choice. The fear of wildfire is indeed a fantastic metaphor for human passion and love and energy that could not be controlled or tamed,” says Linda Em. “The song is also an expression of a woman’s desire for freedom and the sadness that comes when two lovers simply aren’t right for each other. Even if they have this intense love, we realize as we get older, that love alone just isn’t enough.”
Originally hailing from Waterford, Ireland, Linda’s family immigrated to London’s East End in the 1980s. A natural singer, songwriter, and storyteller, her lyrical narrative is comparable to that of authors, poets, and playwrights with a strong visual essence, stimulating the listener’s own imagination. Her music explores a wide array of themes from forgotten fateful stories and uncelebrated heroines of the past to her own personal and family experiences.
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Linda first started singing blues and rock ’n’ roll in pubs and clubs in her early twenties before meeting Chris Wyatt, with whom she wrote and recorded her first album ‘Shadow Lands’ in 2015. Her sound has grown to adopt strong elements of Americana and folk noir with an ominous and atmospheric Celtic undercurrent to it and splashes of gospel and soul.
“As a lyricist, I’m telling a story and, through working with producer Gavin Glass, I think the musical side reflects and illustrates that. Gavin has managed to give the songs and sound a strong cohesiveness even though the songs are all written with different people,” says Linda Em.
Linda draws an ethereal energy flow from her inspirations, citing numerous artists as influences, including Leonard Cohen, Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Portishead, Hank Williams, Ennio Morricone and the poetry of Ted Hughes.
Linda Em produces music in an extraordinary mix of influences and genres, blending folk (revisited from a current London / Irish cultural perspective), a bit of rock, Celtic melody and American blues. Her music is timeless, filtering new compositions through the prism of her musical heritage to produce an overall modern day eclectic feel.
“Linda Em has wisely gambled to find a winning formula with this song. The tandem of female and male voices play off one another, with Linda’s vocals as fiery as Stevie Nicks ever were – in or out of Fleetwood Mac… In “Wild Fire”, we have a quivering ballad and sizzling chemistry with a female highly impassioned protagonist sparring in turns with a level-headed male. Fascinating, flawless, and invigorating”
– Big Takeover Magazine
“A joy to listen to and more than worthy of repeated plays. “A musical hybrid mix between Patti Smith, Patsy Cline & Beth Gibbons”
– Blues And Roots Music Blog
“Em-azing! We’re predicting big things for songstress Linda Em”
– Daily Mirror
“Linda Em has a singer’s heart and a storyteller’s soul. Her songs reach deep and her voice wraps around the words in ways that stay with you… Whether in an intimate studio setting or live, her songs and stories shine through”
– Martin Bridgeman, KCLR Radio
“Absolutely stunning… passion, style, and heart, striding across genres”
– Beehive Candy
“Making sense of London’s contradictions with a voice that betrays the edge of Eire in its country-huskiness, yet quietly urgent… melding Celtic roots with influences ranging from the smoky blues end of the folk spectrum”
– Rock ‘n’ Reel’ Magazine