Emmrose “Falling Again” & The Alienation of Anxiety [REVIEW]
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Indie Artist Emmrose releases her new Indie-Pop single “Falling Again”, which she wrote while trying to lift herself out of a panic attack. She has suffered from panic and anxiety disorder since she was 13 years old, coincidentally the same year she started writing and recording her original music. Long-time Producer and collaborator Mike Abiuso used unconventional production techniques which support the lyrics and the idea of Emmrose’s mental struggle while writing the song.
There’s a surreal energy to Emmrose’s single and the smooth, almost celestial, tone of her voice brings you on a gentle journey through a difficult terrain. The lyrics hold a lot of weight to them and hold so much power. Her line in the song, “There’s no good reason”, is sometimes the hardest part of it all when it comes to experiencing a panic attack.
Emmrose Explores the Horror of Panic Attacks and Importance of Mental Health Support With “Falling Again”
Review by Emme Oliver / Pop Culture Press
Anxiety is a feeling many are familiar with and yet it can be so hard to describe and illustrate. New York-based singer Emmrose has given words to this potent feeling with her new single “Falling Again” which was written during a panic attack.
“I wrote Falling Again in the middle of a panic attack, which looking back, probably wasn’t a good idea. The lyrics were my literal symptoms. I remember sitting down at the piano, playing a few random chords, and a melody popped in my head.” Emmrose comments.
Emmrose is no stranger to writing songs during pivotal, emotional moments, usually deriving her lyrical material from romantic endeavors, friend drama, and other precipices in life she finds herself at, making her music incredibly relatable to all sorts of audiences.
The singer is set to release her first full-length album later this year and though “Falling Again” will not be on the track list, the haunting melodies and honest lyrics are certainly a taste of what’s to come.
Emmrose has always fixated on the whimsical and fantastical with almost cottage-core aesthetics and dazzling lighting. With “Falling Again” conveying a darker tone, the singer is seen aligning herself alongside a staircase with cool-toned lights in the track’s cover art.
With echoey whispers shadowing the vocals, we can almost feel the breathlessness faced in the midst of the singer’s visceral attack something she herself comments on when writing the song,
“This is really so dark to talk about, but I remember only managing to hum the melody, I had such a hard time breathing.”
The synth shakiness also carries an unnerving aura over the song, contrasting with the classicalness of Emmrose’s easy to get lost in voice.
Lyrics like “I’m lying awake. I can’t move, I can’t sleep” reminds listeners that the effects of panic attacks linger and can be felt long after the initial upset, something that not many songs centered around the topic discussed.
Emmrose is extremely adamant about the importance of mental health and though this is her first song that explicitly discusses her relationship with anxiety, she encourages listeners to speak about their own struggles.
’17 INSIDE’ IS A THOUGHTFUL AND IMMERSIVE NEW RELEASE FROM INDIE POP TALENT EMMROSE
Kieran Rogers, Clout Magazine March 3, 2023
THE ARTIST CONTINUES TO SHOWCASE HER UNIQUELY POISED SONGWRITING.
Emmrose is an artist who has garnered a reputation for her lush indie pop sound and gorgeously poised brand of immersive storytelling and songwriting, often weaving wistful narratives that encapsulate themes of love and life in a relatable and thoughtful manner.
Unfortunately, the artist’s latest single covers a time in recent history that we are all a bit too familiar with, the closing down of the world thanks to the recent pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. The artist explores the time that she feels that she had stolen from her as a 17 year old and the damage that that had on her education, friendships, the conversations suddenly put on hold and frozen. Musically though, the track has this gorgeous, ethereal quality that belies its sadness, stunning, layered vocals create this feeling of charming optimism while the artist sings about broken friendships that she is slowly losing the chance to mend. Themes like forgiveness, isolation and letting go are explored on the track, and Emmrose’s thoughtful and immersive writing style makes for a personable listening experience that evokes our own struggles that we had during such a weird and unprecedented time.
“I feel that I never really finished high school because I was in zoom-school all year.” Emmrose admits. “I felt that I grew as a person but didn’t get to show that to anyone. It was very frustrating for no one to see that. I was still upset with how everything happened with a particular
friendship, and that I never had a chance to really talk one on one about how I felt. I don’t like holding grudges and I don’t want to have people thinking poorly about me. I was hoping to apologize, but New York shut down.”
Interview with Emmrose
Music and Fashion Blog
Emmrose’s new single ’17 Inside’ reveals what she experienced while she was 17 during the pandemic to find comfort in this world that was unforgiving as she presented candid feelings of change. We had the pleasure of interviewing Emmrose, and here is what she had to say:
Q: Thanks for taking the time to interview with Music & Fashion Blog today. Please tell us who you are, what you do, and a little bit about yourself?
EMMROSE: Hi! Thank you so much for having me! My artist name is Emmrose, and I’m an NYC based indie songwriter. I feel as though I’ve been writing music forever! Well at least for as long as I can remember. I began writing music seriously when I was 14, and I’m 19 now. It’s pretty crazy how wild this journey has been.
Q: Loved your new single “17 Inside,” made me reminisce about the good times of being 17. Please share with us your story behind the track!
EMMROSE: My latest single 17 Inside was all about how… well… I was literally inside the entire time I was 17, through the whole pandemic ordeal. I feel like I grew so much as a person when I was 17, it was horrible that all that personal growth was literally kept within. I had a past friendship that exploded years ago, and right when things were about to patch up, the world shut down. During the pandemic, I wrote “17 Inside” to express my regrets.
Q: We saw you were in Paris. What was your favorite moment on the trip?
EMMROSE: Oh my goodness! Paris is truly the most magical city. Food! Fashion! The art! Everything about Paris is just so lovely. My favorite moments were visiting all the museums, and honestly just walking around! The neighborhoods (or as they say, the arrondissements!) are so fun to explore. I can’t wait to go back to Paris. I can really see myself living there someday – I should work on my French…
Q: Your style is very chic. Any trends in the industry that you like or stick out to you that might become significant in the coming year?
EMMROSE: Ooo, I’m so excited about this question! I love fashion so much, and it’s really fun for me to look out for trends and put together outfits. I’m really excited about spring fashion!
To be honest, I’m still loving 90’s trends, but with a spring twist, like preppy styles or a spring take on the fairy grunge aesthetic. Baby tees in fun pastels with a classic black mini skirt and platform boots and a vintage bag sound like a dream. I’m really excited to put together spring outfits!
Q: Tell us a few artists who you would love to have featured on one of your songs?
EMMROSE: Ahhh it’s just gotta be Lana Del Rey. I’m really loving her new singles off her new album. I just love her sound so much! I think Sabrina Carpenter has come out with such good music recently. It would be really neat to work with her, and Taylor too of course.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice another musician has given you?
EMMROSE: Hmm, this is honestly a difficult question for me to answer. I never really got any advice from musicians, other than my teachers telling me to practice more haha.