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.