EMILY WELLS RELEASES MAMA ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS TODAY
EXCLUSIVE ALBUM STREAM WITH THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
APPEARING ON KCRW’S MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC TOMORROW
Listen: “Becomes The Color,” original theme for Park Chan-wook’s Stoker, via Soundcloud
Watch: Live video for “Darlin'” via YouTube
Partisan Records is excited to share Emily Wells’ latest album, Mama Acoustic Recordings, which is out today! The record, streaming exclusively via the Wall Street Journal, sees the NYC-based singer/musician/producer casting it all aside, re-imagining songs first heard on 2012’s acclaimed Partisan debut, Mama. Where that collection was marked by Wells’ extraordinary fusion of hip hop, experimental dance music, lyrical introspection, and classical complexity, the new album is stunningly austere, recorded solely with voice and guitar.
Emily will appear live on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic tomorrow, June 12th, at 11:15am PST / 2:15pm EST. Having recently returned from her European tour with Kurt Vile, she launches her West Coast tour this week and will play a free show at New York City’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival on July 25th, celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Kronos Quartet. The full list of tour dates is below.
Mama Acoustic Recordingsis a kind of accidental album, recorded last year while Wells was on self-described “sabbatical” living with friends in Portland, Oregon. Wells began experimenting with her traveling reel-to-reel, recording gentle new versions of “Mama’s Gonna Give You Love” and “Johnny Cash’s Mama’s House” with just her voice and acoustic guitar (and beloved Fostex Spring Reverb unit). Peeling off her own ornate production, she revealed her songs to herself, exposing new meaning though stark minimalism.
Wells’ unaccompanied efforts were complimented by a series of collaborative undertakings alongside a remarkably varied range of artists. She penned “Becomes The Color” to serve as closing theme to Park Chan-wook’s acclaimed psychological thriller, Stoker, while her teaming with the film’s score composer, Clint Mansell, “If I Ever Had A Heart,” is featured as a bonus cut on the official soundtrack. As if that weren’t enough, 2013 has also seen the long awaited release of Pillowfight, Wells’ slinky partnership with the one and only Dan the Automator.
3. Los Angeles
4. No Good
5. Johnny Cash’s Mama’s House
6. Mama’s Gonna Give You Love
7. Let Your Guard Down
8. Fire Song
9. Dirty Sneakers & Underwear
10. Piece of It
6/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
6/14 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
6/15 – Davis, CA – Plainfield Station
6/19 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
6/20 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
6/21 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
7/25 – New York, NY – Lincoln Center Out of Doors (Free)
8/8 – Hart, MI – Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (Main Stage)