After a year and a half, this blog finally seems to be at the point where the MySpace electro DJs have removed me from their mailing lists and their void is being replaced by personal emails from artists I actually want to write about. I awoke to one such email last week and have been eager to share her sound with you.
Emily Reo cites Kria Brekkan and Beach House as influences, which means this week makes for the perfect timing to introduce you to her music. Hollow and oceanic feeling, Reo’s music sounds like it was recorded in a dark cove nestled along some desolate stretch of unnamed beach. Droning organ, tentative childlike snare clacks and distant vocals full of longing characterize a lo-fi sound best listened to in hi-fi. More than Beach House, Brekkan, or her other cited influences (Best Coast, Julian Lynch and Tickley Feather), Reo’s music reminds me of the murky, introspective reflections of A Gal.
While I personally prefer the style of Emily Reo’s original compositions, her voice shines in a different light on YouTube (accompanied by friend David Levesque) via two acoustic covers — Beach House’s Turtle Island and St. Vincent’s Marry Me.