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Review: 'Breeze, Emily'

-  Label: 'Sugar Shack Records'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '29th July 2019'

Our Rating:
‘Work’, we’re told, is ‘the soundtrack to the world gradually falling apart in an absurd state of late capitalism, insurmountable admin, antidepressants and unreachable targets’. All of which is relatable on varying levels and to varying extents.’ We also learn that ‘the third single from forthcoming Emily Breeze album Rituals is a shimmering indie pop anthem’, and that its ‘glossy sonic exterior and radio friendly chorus act as a foil for the ice cold cynicism and pitch black humour of the lyrics which were inspired by Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) and Emily’s own experiences of hauling herself out of bed every morning to make a pointless profit for somebody else’.

Emily’s previous efforts include ‘Call in Sick Today’ and ‘Ego Death’ and her antagonism toward the conventions of capitalism are pretty clear, and the lyrics to her latest offering – a hybrid of electropop and indie – succinctly capture the crushing effects of the grind: ‘I can’t stay up late, I work 9-5’, she sings, announcing, ‘I don’t get high anymore / but I don’t mind ‘cause I’m dead inside’. As shoegaze guitars soar over a delicately pulsating electronic backdrop, the refrain of ‘dead inside’, it hits home, hard. This is life. And it’s getting faster and evermore unbearable. We’re not, as a species, as biological entities, built to be equipped t deal with it all. We can’t deal with it all. Work / life balance is a myth, survival is the best hope we’ve got. Emily Breeze provides a decent soundtrack to it.
  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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