Emily Easterly is not part of a trend. Her sound involves the combination of songwriting skills and the influence of independent rock. Introspective and insightful, the simplicity of her chords and the striking juxtaposition of lyrics leave the songs laid out for the listener to figure out for themselves and to weave into their own lives. Her wispy, weathered vocals have a light texture sounding confidently timid. It's original, creative and not artificial because it's Emily making her own way and doing it exactly how she wants to. Emily has made her rounds in the Richmond, VA music scene where she grew up while also making a name for herself in Miami, FL as she attends the University of Miami (School of Music) majoring in classical guitar. Emily finished her debut EP, Assembling Emily?in June of 2001. Recorded at Sound of Music Studios in Richmond, she got the chance to work with Johnny Hickman of the band Cracker (Virgin Records), Alan Weatherhead of the band Sparklehorse (Capital Records) as well as Miguel Urbiztondo of the bands Maki and Koester. Her sophomore effort, Cole was completed in July of 2002. Also recorded at Sound of Music in Richmond, these eight new songs offer a more mature side of Emily. The songs are a lush layering of sounds including pedal steel guitars that sound like keyboards, sweeping synth sounds and electric guitars. The album title refers to Emily's middle name in an attempt to make a reference between the significant understatement and importance of a middle name and these eight songs. A middle name is very much a part of a person but it is constantly overshadowed and never in the forefront. Coming from a place that is buried away, these songs surface with the release of Cole?
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