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Emmy The Great's new single "Rapids" is a heartwarming stepping stone

21 November 2016, 13:19 | Written by Laurence Day

Emmy The Great is sharing "Rapids", a glorious new single that arrives just ahead of her upcoming UK tour.

"Rapids" has gold-plated vocals and lullaby beats waltzing through a gorgeous bed of classic pop brilliance. There's a doo-wop lilt to ETG's remarkably warm offering, beckoning you further into her world - it's an addictive step forwards, and it's full of hooks and charm.

The track follows latest record Second Love, which was released earlier this spring. It's her first new material since US tours with Beth Orton and Jens Lekman.

“I realized recently that music has been my longest relationship, and they do say relationships are hard,” says Emmy The Great. “The process of making Second Love was a long process, and it changed me. Everything in my life being clearer now, I see that music has always been at its center, confounding or delighting me depending on its mood. Now that Second Love is finished and out in the world, I am eager to be making things and capitalizing on these new realizations. 'Rapids' is the first result of pulling on this thread.

"I wanted to write something to be released quickly, symbolically for myself, so that I know that the album cycle is over and it's all new from here. The song ended up being about that tustle with music, about a question I am asking myself now - am I going to keep this relationship going or do I let it go? Could I even let it go? It's a love song to music, and so I see it as the right link between Second Love and what comes next. Watch this space for more, I guess."

Emmy The Great's upcoming tour begins in Cardiff on 28 November - for full dates and ticket info, head to her website.
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