Headlining Tour Kicks Off Feb 2; Listen to New Track “You Dream of China” via Brooklyn Vegan: LINK HERE

From Glide Magazine
From Glide Magazine

While composing her new LP Promise, Emily Wells read Joan Didion, ran to Drake and projected Pina Bausch films onto her studio’s walls. The repetitive, agonistic and emotional nature of the dancer’s work is akin to Wells’ practice of building on layers of repetition, disrupting, then building again. Recording it she spent 12-hour stretches holed up alone in her studio over the course of two cathartic years, her patience inspired by light artist James Turrell’s quote, “Not everyone will sit in a darkened room for ten minutes before they begin to see.”

The resulting 11 original songs, out January 29 on her newly minted label Thesis & Instinct, are a meditation on Wells’ life and world view deeply nourished by art and literature. A soul record in baroque clothing, ‘Promise’ reflects on friendship, risk and desire. The cover and title are derived from the installation “Promesa” by Cabella/Carceller, an interdisciplinary collaborative pair of Spanish artists, who lent Wells the work after she discovered it in the book Art and Queer Culture by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer.

On Promise, Wells is composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist performer proving yet again why NPR praises her as “one woman with the force of a band.” The classically trained violinist builds a cocoon of layered and looped sounds live and on record completely analog–no computers in sight. In addition to violin she plays viola, drums, synth, guitar and bass on the album alongside friends who guest on everything from vibraphone to French horn.

The New Yorker praises Wells’ “moving voice and boundless imagination” while The Guardian UK compliments her ability to “merge different styles at will and create accessible tunes even – or especially – when they’re weirdly melodic, or melodically weird.” She has collaborated with hip hop producer Dan the Automator and as a composer she contributed to the soundtrack and score for Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker and scored Here Is Something Beautiful (Etc.. She will tour in support of Promise in 2016. Tour dates below.

Promise Tracklist:
1. Los Angeles
2. You Dream of China
3. Don’t Use Me Up
4. Pack of Nobodies
5. Take it Easy
6. Come To Me
7. Fallin In On It
8. Antidote
9. Adagio
10. Richard
11. Light Is Drainin

Emily Wells 2016 North American Tour Dates:
2/2 – Washington, DC – Black Cat 
2/3 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
2/4 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
2/5 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddly
2/8 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
2/10 – Houston, TX – Rudyard’s
2/11 – Ft. Worth, TX – Lola’s
2/12 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Jr.
2/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
2/16 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
2/17 – Los Angeles, CA – The El Rey
2/18 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
2/19 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
2/20 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
2/23 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door
2/24 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
2/25 – Boise, IN – Neurolux
2/26 – Boise, IN – Cinder Winery
2/27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
3/2 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
3/3 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
3/4 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
3/5 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar
3/6 – St. Louis, MO – The Luminary
3/9 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
3/10 – Indianapolis, IN – White Rabbit Cabaret
3/11 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
3/12 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s