writer and label owner, versatile musician and producer, Emm Gryner has captured the hearts of wayward souls with songs that are filled with dark and haunting hues behind their subtle shine.
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This is true of Emmís newest release, ďThe Summer Of High HopesĒ. Released earlier in 2006 in Ireland, where Emm broke through in 2005 with an unlikely collection of critically acclaimed Irish covers (Songs of Love and Death); the new album of originals has already garnered wide praise.
The Summer Of High Hopes, co-produced by ex-Shudder To Think guitarist turned film composer Nathan Larson (Boys Donít Cry/Velvet Goldmine), was recorded in locations as desperate as basements in the Ontario countryside and studios in Malmo, Sweden. Featured on the album are cellist Dana Feder (Matt Pond PA), Canadian laptop wiz Bryce Kushnier aka Vitaminsforyou, In-Flight Safety's John Mullane, drummer Lyle Molzan, Kevin March (Hot One, Guided By Voices) as well as guitarist Michael Ward of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals.
The new collection is a tell-tale soundtrack. "Blackwinged Bird" recorded in a library - is embroidered with the tones of bruises and impending storms. "Sunshine" is a Pretendersesque, bittersweet farewell anthem and "Merlot" stands out as a whispery and complex serenade to a love. Other tracks such as "Girls Are Murder" and "All-Time Low" are melodic indie rockers that only under a magnifying glass reveal a mischievous, sorrowful soul.
The 11 song album is a deeply personal, tell tale soundtrack that could only be made by a young woman left alone to navigate the choppy seas of love, warfare and day to day highs and lows.
Emmís determined independent ethic and versatile musicianship brought her to the attention of artists such as David Bowie and the Cardigans, both of whom had Emm join them as a band member over the last few years.
Emmís one-woman business ethos in no way prevents her from reaching wide audiences and new markets. Her vivacious on-line journal is so widely read its contents were quoted by the Washington Post during the 2004 US election. Emm was also invited to perform at the NBAís All-Star weekend in Denver in 2005. Emm also moonlights as bass player/vocalist in a new politically charged rock supergroup, Hot One. Emmís site on MySpace has ranked in the Top 20 most viewed and to top it all off, she took time out to play piano on the latest album by Def Leppard.
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