Brighton musician and composer Emma Gatrill plays the harp, but her inspired songcraft is not the Joanna Newsom knockoff you might expect. If we’re going to locate her immersive chamber-pop somewhere amongst a constellation of musical stars, she’s probably somewhere between the Julia Holter aurora and the Sufjan Stevens supernova — and you can trust that Gatrill’s music sounds like it’s being projected across the heavens.
Her new album Cocoon is coming soon via Japanese label flau, and it leads off with a stunner called “Skin.” A deftly arranged ballad with a subtle electronic undercurrent, it hits like gathering wind, introducing her flair for drama up front. “I long for your touch,” she quivers in a Björk-like cadence, her voice flickering between physical and ethereal. Gatrill shared this statement:
Skin is a love song. It explores our desires as individuals to be together even when life pulls us in different directions.
The shuffle sounding beat which lies underneath the electronic drums in the song is created by me tap dancing in socks on a wooden board and then continuously looped up to give that soft shuffle sound. I like the idea that many steps have been taken during this song as the song represents how we are continuously travelling, our paths weaving in and out of each other.
Cocoon is out 3/1 in Japan and 3/17 worldwide via flau. Pre-order it here.