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Emmy The Great: The 'Anti-Folk' Takeover

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Emmy The Great: The 'Anti-Folk' Takeover

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Emmy The Great: The 'Anti-Folk' Takeover

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"First Love"

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Emma Lee-Moss, formerly of Lightspeed Champion, has been touring the underground scene in London — using the name "Emmy the Great" — during which time she's built a reputation that doesn't exactly contradict her moniker. Earning comparisons to Lily Allen and Laura Marling, Emmy the Great plays anti-folk music with a unique worldview and clever, mocking lyrics. Her smart digs at pop-culture icons are dispensed with a sweet voice that subtly exudes sarcasm.

On her full-length debut, First Love, Emmy the Great takes on heavy issues such as pregnancy, failed relationships and death. Blending punk retrospection and pop instrumentation, she's produced a refreshing, surprisingly deep debut.

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Album
First Love
Artist
Emmy The Great
Label
101 DISTRIBUTION
Released
2009

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