Emi Night writes vivid, empathetic portraits of all the heartbreak and beauty of adolescent existence. In The Garden, In The Night is Strawberry Runners’ official debut, but the project has been around in some form since 2013, and all five songs on the EP unfold with the unhurried pace of the supremely confident, blooming from intimate, spare folk to homespun indie-pop grandeur full of horns and harmonies. And at the center of it all is Night’s voice, plainspoken and clear, facing down life’s hardships with quiet grace: “All the dark and scary things will never go away/ But we’ll be bigger than them someday.” Listen below, and get ready for Strawberry Runners’ Stereogum Session on 11/8.
In The Garden, In The Night is out 10/21 via Salinas Records. Pre-order it here.