After releasing two stirring EPs in 2013 — Mechanical Hands and Night & Day — Austin singer-songwriter Emily Wolfe is coming out of the gate strong this year. On “Swoon,” the latest offering from the transcendent songstress, we’re shown the ease with which Wolfe can slip from delicate folk and slide effortlessly into a more aggro atmosphere. The track finds Wolfe exploring new territory — a blues-rock/psychedelic bar-room brawler with Wolfe’s signature, sultry croon tying it all together.
Channeling the likes of fellow Austin-ers White Denim and heavy psych-rockers Tame Impala, Wolfe set out “to write a really sexy song,” she explained. Complete with fuzzed-out bass and hard, driving drum beats, Wolfe seems to have hit that goal with gorgeously growly results.
“The chords initially came out on the piano, and I actually wrote the lyrics at work,” while producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Dead Confederate), “put his touch to it.” The result? A growling, erotic inhale of a track that feels like Ingrid Michaelson after a few whiskeys and wouldn’t feel out of place couched between Metric and Muse.
Wolfe is gearing up to perform at this year’s SXSW festival in her Austin hometown. If you’re making the trek down, don’t miss your chance to see her live. Check out “Swoon,” and grab a free download of the track below.
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