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Emma Louise finds peace on second album

AAP logoAAP 19/09/2016 Danielle McGrane

Success came to Emma Louise by accident.

The Queensland-born singer songwriter, who recently relocated to Melbourne, made her latest album Supercry in France, isolated from the music scene in Australia.

She initially left the country, driven by a break-up which inspired most of the songs on the album.

"After I broke up with my boyfriend, I needed a break from music. Just a break from everything really," Emma Louise told AAP.

Her first album vs Head vs Heart released in 2013 brought success, including an ARIA nomination for Best Female Artist.

But within the music scene Emma Louise felt her confidence was knocked.

"Music was even hurting me a lot because I kind of worked with the wrong people," she said.

"I'd worked with people and they'd be like 'We'd better get it on to triple J so we'd better do it this way' and it kind of dilutes the realness of the music."

Her music became saturated with the opinions of others.

"Music used to be really intimate, just me and music and then all of a sudden there were all these different people involved," she said.

So Emma Louise travelled the world, to New Zealand, Europe and then to an isolated cabin in Japan where she wrote most of her album.

She knew then that peace and isolation worked for her and found a producer in France, Pascal Gabriel, who has worked with Kylie Minogue Goldfrapp and Dido.

And she decamped to a castle in Provence and, in Gabriel, found a kindred spirit.

"Pascal said 'we'll do the best that we can for the song'," she said.

"It was amazing, the most peaceful time of making music that I've ever had."

"It kind of separated me from any kind of scenes or anything so the results ended up not pressured by any surrounding scenes," she said.

"Pascal didn't care about trying to get a song on to radio or trying to make the album more reachable, or up-tempo, or have the coolest sounds going around. I didn't want to be the cool guy, I just wanted it to be really honest and if it got on to radio, then that is a bonus."

Ironically, the album has received loads of airplay and landed Emma Louise the coveted triple J feature album slot.

That success has fallen accidentally onto her lap.

"I know that there will be albums that I'll make in the same way, honestly, that probably won't get radio play," she said.

"I reckon the next album I do will be the saddest album ever made because I've got this collection of really sad songs and I want to put it all on the one album."

*Supercry is out now

Emma Louise's Australian tour dates:

October 20 - Miami Marketta, Gold Coast

October 21 - Sol Bar, Maroochydore

October 22 - The Triffid, Brisbane

October 27 - Adelaide Uni

October 28 - Fly By Night, Fremantle

October 29 - Capitol, Perth,

October 30 - Prince of Wales, Bunbury,

November 4 - Metro Theatre, Sydney

Success came to Emma Louise by accident.

The Queensland-born singer songwriter, who recently relocated to Melbourne, made her latest album Supercry in France, isolated from the music scene in Australia.

She initially left the country, driven by a break-up which inspired most of the songs on the album.

"After I broke up with my boyfriend, I needed a break from music. Just a break from everything really," Emma Louise told AAP.

Her first album vs Head vs Heart released in 2013 brought success, including an ARIA nomination for Best Female Artist.

But within the music scene Emma Louise felt her confidence was knocked.

"Music was even hurting me a lot because I kind of worked with the wrong people," she said.

"I'd worked with people and they'd be like 'We'd better get it on to triple J so we'd better do it this way' and it kind of dilutes the realness of the music."

Her music became saturated with the opinions of others.

"Music used to be really intimate, just me and music and then all of a sudden there were all these different people involved," she said.

So Emma Louise travelled the world, to New Zealand, Europe and then to an isolated cabin in Japan where she wrote most of her album.

She knew then that peace and isolation worked for her and found a producer in France, Pascal Gabriel, who has worked with Kylie Minogue Goldfrapp and Dido.

And she decamped to a castle in Provence and, in Gabriel, found a kindred spirit.

"Pascal said 'we'll do the best that we can for the song'," she said.

"It was amazing, the most peaceful time of making music that I've ever had."

"It kind of separated me from any kind of scenes or anything so the results ended up not pressured by any surrounding scenes," she said.

"Pascal didn't care about trying to get a song on to radio or trying to make the album more reachable, or up-tempo, or have the coolest sounds going around. I didn't want to be the cool guy, I just wanted it to be really honest and if it got on to radio, then that is a bonus."

Ironically, the album has received loads of airplay and landed Emma Louise the coveted triple J feature album slot.

That success has fallen accidentally onto her lap.

"I know that there will be albums that I'll make in the same way, honestly, that probably won't get radio play," she said.

"I reckon the next album I do will be the saddest album ever made because I've got this collection of really sad songs and I want to put it all on the one album."

*Supercry is out now

Emma Louise's Australian tour dates:

October 7 - The Workers Club , Geelong

October 8 - Corner Hotel, Melbourne

October 13 - Street Theatre, Canberra

October 14 - Uni Bar, Wollongong

October 15 - Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

October 20 - Miami Marketta, Gold Coast

October 21 - Sol Bar, Maroochydore

October 22 - The Triffid, Brisbane

October 27 - Adelaide Uni

October 28 - Fly By Night, Fremantle

October 29 - Capitol, Perth,

October 30 - Prince of Wales, Bunbury,

November 4 - Metro Theatre, Sydney

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