Emma Millers “Merry Go Round” starts with a lush production of layered vocals for an intro and quickly becomes an adorable yet singer-songwriter piece. “Scottish born songstress, Emma Miller announces her fourth single, Merry Go Round. The song is following her three critically acclaimed tracks which garnered support from BBC Radio 6, with her debut single attracting the likes of The 405. This newest release promises to deliver the captivating vocals and depth of musicality that this artist is becoming known for. Reunited with producer Sam Welch and with the new addition of multi-instrumentalist, Dave Holden, there is a fresh feel to this new single. A slight departure from her more melancholy sound, Merry Go Round marks the start of her first release under her newly founded label, House On The Rocks Records.” “Merry Go Round” takes artistic risks while still maintaining a strong pop sensibility. The atmospheric tones that are utilized in “Merry Go Round” create a circular sense through use of call and response rhythmic patterns that is an excellent use of prosody. Check out Emma Miller and tell people about her before people are telling you about her.
“Pushing the boundaries between sophisticated pop and alternative folk, soaring melodies and ethereal harmonies help to create the rich sound of Emma Miller. Leaving the rolling hills of the north east of Scotland in 2014 for the smoky haze of London, Emma quickly found herself swept up in the vibrant music scene. As well as recently selling out her first headline show, she has already been fortunate enough to work with the likes of India Bourne (Tender Central, Ben Howard band, Ry X band) and Tim Elsenberg (Mercury nominated band Sweet Billy Pilgrim). She is currently writing, recording and preparing the release of her debut EP.”
Layered in synth and saturated in harmonies, the live drums, bass and guitar arrangements begin sparsely, supporting Emma’s velvet and hypnotic vocals. Yet, there is also a grittier sound to this track. The powerful drive and self-mocking lyric mean you won’t be fooled into thinking this is another soothing singer-songwriter confession. By the climax of the song you are drowned in vocals and counter melodies which echo the inner turmoil and resistance that the lyric conveys.
Emma’s idea for the song took root from that confronting place of being both delighted and bitter to see other people doing well. The honest, sometimes comic, lyric portrays the inner battle of acknowledging that it’s much easier to resent others rather than to look too closely at your own efforts towards achieving your goals. Emma will be releasing another single before the end of the year and is currently finishing off tracks for her debut EP.