It just cannot be a coincidence that this big piano-led song by Dallas’ Emmeline is more than a little reminiscent of The National’s ‘Fake Empire‘. Maybe it’s because, like the Dessners, she has a classical background, and has been playing since the age of four. Maybe it’s because the song – although much softer toned – drifts around a similar “life’s a bit messed up” zone. Whatever it is, this is an ultimately optimistic mini-anthem that can be nodded along to as Emmeline sings “I’m not a box that you check-in / I’m not a name to be given / I am an Empire.” Don’t check her in, do check her out.
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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?