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Esme Emerson put folk on to simmer with latest single "Please"

06 March 2024, 10:00 | Written by Thomas Turner

Bringing everyday tales to experimental folk lines, British-Chinese sibling duo Esme Emerson share the tender and tormenting moments of young, queer love on "Please"

A welcomed far cry from childhood fights over favourite toys and parents' attention, making music has historically brought together a string of lauded family bands from the likes of Kings of Leon and Sister Sledge, to HAIM and Chloe x Halle. The latest von Trapp success story comes in the form of Esme Emerson, a Suffolk reared sibling duo who combine their individual creativities and vulnerabilities to create a product larger than its parts.

"It's about young, queer love," Esme explains about their latest offering, "Please". Perhaps coming more naturally to artists who have two life experiences to diarise and two heads to share ideas between, their songs act as vehicles to find the threadbare of the situation and unravel its nuance. “It’s about all the tentative moments and shame that comes with something so confusing yet simple. It’s about feeling unsure and wrong, angry and gentle. It’s about such a pure and sweet emotion, but how that feeling can sit so sickly and rotten in your gut.”

Written in their family home and co-produced by close friend Hugo M. Hardy, the track has now flown the nest to much anticipation from industry circles. Melting experimental electronic beats into dreamy folk production, the track feels honey sweet yet honest and anchored, in the same vein as Big Thief or Dijon. With lyrical meanders from "take my heart its yours / just for safekeeping" to "I want to see you now / I'm just hesitating" the track ebbs and flows among the silences of a relationship, giving diction to the internal throws of a shared, but not always requited, love.

A triumph in its tactility, "Please" exemplifies the shared creative genius of Esme and Emerson, and keeps us hanging on for more folk lines and everyday tales in their new EP set for release later this year.

"Please" is out now. Find Esme Emerson on Instagram.

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