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Linda Em Announces 'London Irish' EP, Previews 'Wild Fire' Single

Linda Em Announces 'London Irish' EP, Previews 'Wild Fire' Single

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New York, NY (Top40 Charts) "Linda Em has wisely gambled to find a winning formula with this song. The tandem of female and male voices play off one another, with Linda's vocals as fiery as Stevie Nicks ever were - in or out of Fleetwood Mac... In "Wild Fire", we have a quivering ballad and sizzling chemistry with a female highly impassioned protagonist sparring in turns with a level-headed male. Fascinating, flawless, and invigorating" - Big Takeover Magazine

"A joy to listen to and more than worthy of repeated plays. "A musical hybrid mix between Patti Smith, Patsy Cline & Beth Gibbons" - Blues And Roots Music Blog

"Em-azing! We're predicting big things for songstress Linda Em" - Daily Mirror

"Linda Em has a singer's heart and a storyteller's soul. Her songs reach deep and her voice wraps around the words in ways that stay with you... Whether in an intimate studio setting or live, her songs and stories shine through" - Martin Bridgeman, KCLR Radio

"Absolutely stunning... passion, style and heart, striding across genres" - Beehive Candy

"Making sense of London's contradictions with a voice that betrays the edge of Eire in its country-huskiness, yet quietly urgent... melding Celtic roots with influences ranging from the smoky blues end of the folk spectrum" - Rock 'n' Reel' Magazine


London-based Irish-born songstress Linda Em has announced her new 'London Irish' EP, to be released this fall via Talking Elephant Records. Ahead of that, 'Wild Fire' is the first single from this release - a sultry song that is as much of an earworm as it is seductive.

This EP is the first step in a different direction for Linda, towards a more atmospheric and spacious sound and vocal performance. It is both poetic and storytelling while still being brutally honest and personal. Her pure and raw vocals beautifully convey a nostalgic lyrical narrative, her warm endearing vocals drawing the listener into her musical story telling.

The 'London Irish' EP was recorded, produced and mastered at Orphan Recording, Dublin by Gavin Glass (Paul Brady, John Grant, Lisa Hannigan, Mundy), who is also music director for John Carney's film 'Sing Street'). It was mixed by Scott Halliday (John Grant, Lisa Hannigan and previously guitar tech for Prince and James Vincent Mcmorrow).

'Wild Fire' is about the power struggle in a relationship built on control and passion, where there can be no victor. Written by Linda Em and Eamon P. Gilmore, on this track, Em shares vocal duties with Gavin Glass.

"This is definitely more of love story or indeed a power battle. If you watch Game of Thrones, for instance, you'll see that Wild Fire was one of their deadly weapons of choice. The fear of wild fire is indeed a fantastic metaphor for human passion and love and energy that could not be controlled or tamed," says Linda Em. "The song is also an expression of a woman's desire for freedom and the sadness that comes when two lovers simply aren't right for each other. Even if they have this intense love, we realise as we get older, that love alone just isn't enough."

Originally hailing from Waterford, Ireland, Linda's family immigrated to London's East End in the 1980s. A natural singer, songwriter and storyteller, her lyrical narrative is comparable to that of authors, poets and playwrights with a strong visual essence, stimulating the listener's own imagination. Her music explores a wide array of themes from forgotten fateful stories and uncelebrated heroines of the past to her own personal and family experiences. 


Linda first started singing blues and rock 'n' roll in pubs and clubs in her early twenties before meeting Chris Wyatt, with whom she wrote and recorded her first album 'Shadow Lands' in 2015. Her sound has grown to adopt strong elements of Americana and folk noir with an ominous and atmospheric Celtic undercurrent to it and splashes of gospel and soul.

"As a lyricist I'm telling a story and, through working with producer Gavin Glass, I think the musical side reflects and illustrates that. Gavin has managed to give the songs and sound a strong cohesiveness even though the songs are all written with different people," says Linda Em.

Linda draws an ethereal energy flow from her inspirations, citing numerous artists as influences, including Leonard Cohen, Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, Portishead, Hank Williams, Ennio Morricone and the poetry of Ted Hughes.

Linda Em produces music in an extraordinary mix of influences and genres, blending folk (revisited from a current London / Irish cultural perspective), a bit of rock, Celtic melody and American blues. Her music is timeless, filtering new compositions through the prism of her musical heritage to produce an overall modern day eclectic feel.

The 'London Irish' EP will be available through the regular online stores and streaming platforms as of September 21, 2018, and will also be available on CD from Talking Elephant Records.

Linda Em will be playing an EP launch show in London on September 26 at Water Rats (19:30 - 22:30, 328 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross) with support by Crayon Angels and JMK James.

TRACK LIST
1 Wild Fire
2 Two Hands
3 Little Lightmaker
4 White Horse

CREDITS
'Wild Fire' written by Linda Em / Eamon Gilmore
'Two Hands' written by Linda Em / Ian Montague
'Little Lightmaker' written by Linda Em / Linda Coogan Byrne
'White Horse' written by Linda Em / Chris Wyatt
All tracks mixed by Scott Halliday
Mastering by Gavin Glass at Orphan Recording Studios

'Wild Fire', 'Little Lightmaker' and 'White Horse' produced by Gavin Glass
Recorded at Orphan Recording Studios, Dublin
Bass and drums by Scott Halliday
Mandolin, acoustic and baritone guitars on 'Little Lightmaker' by Robin James Hurt
Backing Vocals on 'Wild Fire' & 'Little Lightmaker' by Teresa Connelly
All other instruments by Gavin Glass

'Two Hands' recorded by Rupert Gillett
Recorded at The Cabin Recording Studios, Walthamstow, London
Piano by Suzanne Ho
Opera vocal by Neeharika Gollapalli






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