Music, in my opinion, is all about connections. Music can connect us to each other and, best of all, to ourselves. All you have to do is think of one of your favorite songs and it immediately takes you to that certain time and place when you CONNECTED. Those pictures and emotions come flooding back and you are feeling those feelings all over again and it all becomes timeless.
The new EP, Promises, from Emily Hearn is all about making those connections with the heart of the listener. With Promises, Emily opens the doors wide onto emotions that we can all relate to, from that first crush to that fatal relationship and she does it in a way that remains real and solid.
Released in October, the Promises EP begins with the song “Gotta Have Him.” Lyrically, the song is about all those giddy feelings of first love and the music matches the feeling of the song perfectly. All those tickly, happy, goofy, and fun feelings shine through in this bouncy tune and if you aren’t smiling at the beginning of it, you will be by the end. This is a song that just makes you feel GOOD!
Where “Gotta Have Him” shows us the playful side of Emily, songs like “Make Us Stronger” and “Cutting Ties” show us the deeper, more soulful side to what Emily can do. In fact, I think “Cutting Ties” has to be one of the standout tracks on the album for me. The song comes from the perspective of someone trying to help a friend through a difficult period and reminding them that those relationships are important. It’s a beautiful tribute to anyone who has been lucky enough to have friends like that in their life.
This is a singer/songwriter who understands the importance of molding a song into something that makes you listen, that empathizes with where you’ve been and where you’re going, that understands and is there for you. To quote one of my favorite movies (Almost Famous), “If you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.” Emily Hearn’s EP “promises” to be a friend that I can return to over and over again.
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— Paula Frank | @jelenfan