There is a distinct nod to Emmy The Great's debut ‘First Love’, in terms of the storytelling that first impressed her lyrical and emotional dexterity upon so many. But on Second Love, Emma-Lee Moss delves into the chambers of a human heart ever-connected to the glare of a nearby screen. This is an album imbued with modern sounds, a nod to new eras, while maintaining the human warmth always associated with an ETG album. The songs are full of emotion and questioning, with the chatter of friends and collaborators ‘coded’ into the sonic landscape.
Opener 'Swimming Pool' - taken from this year’s critically acclaimed S EP - set the tone. Sketched out in Asian cities during a tour, and competed in a North London studio in the summer of 2012, its undulating grace became a sound Emma spent “three years trying to chase.” These tender, glacial arrangements lead Second Love’s exploration through a new world, filtered through technology.
“For a long time, I thought the album would be about technology and the future, so I wrote a lot of songs ‘about’ stuff - like ‘Swimming Pool’ or ‘Solar Panels’ or about the magazines in ‘Hyperlink’,” says Emma. “But this didn’t feel right. It was only when I started using these things to write about love that everything came together.”