Author Archives: Emma Gatrill

About Emma Gatrill

Emma Gatrill is a multi-instrumentalist based in Brighton, UK. Her debut, 2012’s Chapter I, was a poignant collection of songs based around her then-latest acquisition – the harp. Subtly accompanied by various members of Brighton’s Willkommen Collective, her intricate harp playing coupled with a unique vocal fragility drew comparisons to Björk and Joni Mitchell as well as her friends and co-conspirators Rachael Dadd and Rozi Plain. By the time the album came out, she’d already played clarinet in Laura Marling’s band on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage, made up part of Broken Social Scene’s horn section on a run of UK dates and toured all over Europe as part of Sons Of Noel And Adrian. Since then she’s been touring and collaborating with kindred spirit Kristin McClement and as a member of Matthew & The Atlas. In amongst it all, Gatrill somehow found time to develop her own live show beyond the simplicity of Chapter I; augmenting her harp and vocal with ambient analogue synths and drum machines using foot controllers, as well as introducing accompanying guitar atmospherics from label-mate Marcus Hamblett. Five years and hundreds of live shows with dozens of different bands later, her larger-scale live ambitions fed back into the writing and recording process for Gatrill’s forthcoming second album, Cocoon. The album showcases a huge leap forward in scope and imagination. The harp, tender vocal and unique take on classic songwriting are still at the core of Gatrill’s sound, but the arrangements draw from a much wider and often darker sonic palette – from orchestral strings to monosynths, drum machines to tap shoes and Casio keyboards to vibraphones. Gatrill’s circle of influences has widened too – on Cocoon Emma draws from the joyful experimentation of Juana Molina and the intelligent pop and texturally rich arrangements of Julia Holter and My Brightest Diamond. While the songs are more honed and focused, the lyrical content is broader. Philomela explores Greek mythology to the backdrop of tumultuous strings and thunderous drums and Robin tackles climate change set to chamber pop orchestration; while universal concerns of loss, isolation, hope and togetherness tie the album together. The album was mixed by Dan Cox whose work for the likes of Laura Marling, Thurston Moore and Florence and the Machine lead to him being named Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year at the Music Producer’s Guild awards. Praise for Cocoon: “a beautiful slab of skewed folk-pop brilliance.” Line of Best Fit “As a solo artist she’s a real stylist, with her evocative yet introverted approach touching on personal subjects in a universal matter.” Clash “From her evocative music, Gatrill proves evidence of having a crafter’s mind, one that can coalesce varying elements of earthiness and anodic nature into pieces of harmonious exploration.” GoldFlakePaint “she’s probably somewhere between the Julia Holter aurora and the Sufjan Stevens supernova — and you can trust that Gatrill’s music sounds like it’s being projected across the heavens.” Stereogum

Ik kom jullie allemaal binnenkort in Nederland te zien

I am coming to see you all soon in the Netherlands!

It’s only a few days away now and i have learnt some new songs for you!

I am headlining the Torpedo Theatre and then the next two shows are with the great Alasdair Roberts. Shortly after that I have two UK shows supporting Matthew And The Atlas. Here are the dates:

September

16: Headlining the Torpedo Theater, Amsterdam. Torpedo Theatre ticket link 
17: Alasdair Roberts + Emma Gatrill at WORM Rotterdam
18: Alasdair Roberts & Emma Gatrill (Onder Invloed) at Café de Stad in Utrecht
29: Matthew and the Atlas Tour – Unitarian Church, Brighton

 

Daylight Music

Wow! Thanks to Daylight Music for such an awesome day on Saturday! It was a joy to hear Jherek Bischoff and Liam Byrne perform and an absolute honour to be part of the event.

The jam proved to be very popular! I sold out before i even had a chance to get to the merch table after playing! Apologies to those that didn’t get there quick enough! I had no idea it was going to be in such high demand.

Photo by Paul Hudson

Make sure you keep yourself in the loop and checkout all the other acts they are putting on over the coming weeks. What a great way to spend a Saturday lunchtime!

Daylight Music

 

 

 

Milton Keynes Video

Thanks to everyone who came to the show in Milton Keynes Gallery and to Martha Rose. It was such an amazing space to play! They’ve made a video of my whole set so if you couldn’t make the show then here you go!

Show in Milton Keynes

Playing my first ever show in Milton Keynes this Saturday as part of the Museums at Night series and i shall be joined on stage by the wonderful Martha Rose!!!
Tickets available from the link below

http://www.mkgallery.org/events/2017_05_20/saturday_live_music