Oakland-based songwriter Emily Jane White is soon to have five records under her belt, yet with each album, she manages to explore and craft fresh musical and thematic ideas in her songwriting. She’s set to release her fifth record They Moved In Shadow All Together on July 8th via Talitres Records, but we can hear now the intimate, dark single “Frozen Garden.”
When recording this record at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios over two years, she’s said to have utilized its echo chambered-rooms as an instrument in itself. At first listen, “Frozen Garden” is an experiment in balancing White’s hauntingly lush vocals with the instrumentation of rich acoustic guitar and drums thumping in time. She forges a compelling musical path reminiscent of the intensity of Chelsea Wolfe and the moody folk stylings of early Dodos.
The title of the album plays on the opening line of Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy, because White felt that its haunting depiction of a group of travelers in the Appalachian mountains and their collective movement resonated with the themes of trauma she was exploring on the record. In the 11 songs on the album, she explores the impact of trauma on identity and specifically writes empathetic odes to the struggles against police violence and violence against women. She celebrates her record release party tonight at the Elbo Room with fellow locals.