Sunday 15 February 2015

Home Cinema by Emma Kupa

Home Cinema is closest to Standard Fare out of all of Emma Kupa's projects since that band ended. It picks up where Standard Fare's swansong album Out Of Sight, Out Of Town's increasingly autobiographical lyrics left off and digs deeper.

This is a record that's realised life gets harder as you get older and tries to work out how that happened. It's an intensely vulnerable - brave, even - exploration of family, failure and love that can be heartbreakingly desperate and pleading ("no amount of hoping will bring you back").

It can also be especially poignant: the Be My Baby drumbeat is prolonged for extra atmos on the uncompromisingly tender Katie NYC. The countrified swing - yes, that is a banjo solo - and backwoods swagger is most pronounced on Half Sister, which crowns this collection of poetry, alt-country, bleakness and subtly powerful songs. Yeah, file Home Cinema next to the Silver Jews.

There's a launch gig on 19 March. You should come if you're anywhere near London. And you should buy Home Cinema wherever you live.

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