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Although Emma Pollock has founded and worked with numerous bands in the past, her solo discography is fast becoming the collection that will leave a lasting imprint on the industry. The Scottish singer/songwriter merges intimate poeticism with a grander vision as to what her alternative sounds can be through crafted production and intelligent instrumentation.

This is a gratifying song collection demonstrated by its opener 'Cannot Keep a Secret', filled with details of childhood games and mistrust amongst peers within the grounds of the house they shared in their youth. 'Monster in the Pack' ponders upon young love with effortless command of the English language as we skitter between memory and metaphor accompanied by the soothing tones of Emma's angelic voice. There is an often underpinned sorrow present on this record, losing her mother and grandmother during its writing is a distinguishing subject matter. Rather than simply outpouring the emotion, it is often disguised by luscious plucks of acoustic strings and gorgeous arrangements of percussion on the likes of 'Dark Skies'.

The influence of both the classic and contemporary is omnipresent on this LP, 'Alabaster' evokes thoughts of Kate Bush - 'King Of the Mountain' and John Grant's latest release all at once. 'Vacant Stare' pulls together a vocal nod towards Susanne Vega with a rambunctious and scrappy chorus that would be at home on a Pavement record. 'Don't Make Me Wait' has blustering violins and immediate grumbling guitar designed to represent ever changing emotions, something Sufjan Stevens does masterfully. It's within this variation that we find moments of pure ecstasy as you hear contentment within Pollock's delivery and lyrics while its accessible production style maintains consistence.

Placing two of the albums most contrasting moments side to side exemplifies this notion. 'Parks & Reaction' is pure left wing pop majesty with witty cynicism running breathless at the pace of the choppy keyboard and hand clap structure as Emma barely has time to ponder her impending death at the perils of an elm tree. Meanwhile 'Intermission' is the album's most somber moment. Mournful and menacing celtic strings beckon in a darker delivery as Pollock details the visits leading up to the death of her mother. This is a cathartic experience for both narrator and listener as we consider the fragility of life in the comfort of these luxurious strings.

As the final alleviating tones of 'Old Ghosts' fade out we are left in mood of reflection having been led through an LP entirely representative of its creator. Finding a physical property in later life may be a difficult feat yet Emma Pollock has found a way back by focusing on the people within her old house that truly made it a home.

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