Delgado No More

Atsuko’s portrait of EmmaThe Delgados broke up shortly after their 2004 album Universal Audio.  It was their fifth record and although they had always garnered much critical praise and even a Mercury nominatin for The Dave Fridmann produced The Great Eastern, they never really seemed to click beyond their core fans.  To me, their albums were always an interesting listen, but the songs always seemed like there were 15 different things going on at once.  I always wished they would have simplified things and not tried to throw in every idea they had into a song.  They were moving in a more striped down direction with Universal Audio, but not enough if you ask me.

Emma Pollock’s first solo record Watch the Fireworks does exactly what I always wanted the Delgados to do by simplifying things.  The songs still have a dark edge that was trademark Delgados, but they’re cleaner and brighter sounding.   The record was produced by Victor Van Vugt who has worked with PJ HarveyBeth Orton and Mojave 3, seems to have brought out the poppier side of Emma’s songs.  Where Delgados songs seemed to always be drowning in a muddle of sound Emmas songs are literally popping from the speakers.  The crackling guitars on the new single Acid Test remind me of Throwing Muses.  But there are more than just guitars, there is the swirling piano of Adrenalin, the slightly country tinged Here Comes the Heartbreak and beautiful acoustic ballads like Limbs.  It seems like Pollock totally comfortable taking the spotlight on her own, and with a batch of songs like Watch the Fireworks, the she deserves all of your attention.

mp3: Emma Pollock  – Acid Test 
mp3: Emma Pollock – Limbs

buy: Watch the Fireworks – preorder and you get an Adrennalin 7″ single, all for only 8$

Emma will headline a gig at the Crocodile Cafe here in Seattle on 8 November and will be on the road opening for the New Pornographers before that. The full North American schdule after the click.

10-11 Edmonton, Alberta – Edmonton Events Centre #
10-12 Calgary, Alberta – MacEwan Ballroom #
10-13 Calgary, Alberta – MacEwan Ballroom #
10-14 Missoula, MT – University Theater #
10-15 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Garrick Centre at the Marlborough #
10-16 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue #
10-17 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater #
10-18 Chicago, IL – Metro #
10-19 Chicago, IL – Metro #
10-20 North Tonawanda, NY – The Riviera Theatre #
10-21 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theatre #
10-22 Montreal, Quebec – Le National #
10-23 Boston, MA – The Roxy #
10-24 New York, NY – Webster Hall #
10-25 New York, NY – Webster Hall #
10-26 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero #
10-27 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club #
10-28 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel #
10-30 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse #
10-31 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues #
11-01 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live # + Spoon
11-02 Dallas, TX – House of Blues # + Spoon
11-03 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest #
11-04 Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall #
11-05 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre #
11-08 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe
11-09 Portland, OR – Holocene
11-11 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw
11-13 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

# with the New Pornographers

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