In Spin Magazine’s recent feature on the growing Alaskan music scene, the writer poses the question, “Has the Internet really made geography a moot point?” Alaskan- born singer/songwriter Emma Hill answers that question with a resounding no. In Fact, the world traveler Hill (whose recent jaunts have included a 6-week tour in Europe and several months in Costa Rica) decided to advance her music career by moving back to Alaska from her adopted home in Portland.
In an age where kids are generally expected to pick up roots and move to New York City, Nashville, or some other recognized music mecca to “make it”, Emma Hill Stands out. She’s made quite a name for herself in Alaska, touring incessantly, playing not only places folks from the lower 48 can pick out on a map (Juneau, Anchorage), but villages like Sleetmute, McGrath, and Kodiak – rural places where people don’t often go to see touring bands.
Emma Hill, along with her musical partner Bryan Daste (in a recent cover story, The Anchorage Press called him “the David Rawlings to Emma Hill’s Gillian Welch”), will be bringing their brand of loping, intimate Americana with and indie edge to venues across Alaska and the rest of the US in support of their new album, The Black and Wretched Blue.
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless (known for his work with indie icons like Bon Iver and Andrew Bird), The Black and Wretched Blue is Emma Hill’s fourth album and the gorgeous follow up to the Alaskan Dear, I’m Comin’ Home EP. Populated by confessional songs of heartbreak and love and loss, the album showcases Hill’s penchant for homey alt-folk and countrified sounds, this time paired with almost New-Orleans-style-horns. With a honeyed voice and confident delivery, Emma Hill conjures She & Him, Whiskeytown, and a certain throwback Linda Rondstadt vibe.
Hill and Daste will spend the better part of the spring and summer of 2013 on tour in Alaska and the continental US, hitting up performance spaces of all kinds, including their signature experience – the house concert. The duo thrives on the intimate setting and easy camaraderie of the house show and has graced the living rooms and back porches of Europe and the US. For more information please visit www.emmahillmusic.com
“Emma Hill is not afraid to sing. In fact, her voices countrified richness, delicate inflections and fear-no-range transitions make it easy to imagine that’s all she ever does”
“The kind of voice that one can easily fall in love with.”
-The Philadelphia Examiner
“Delightful vocals allied to some strong songs makes this girl from the far North worth a listen.”
“Rooted in American and spouting a folk pop sensibility”