"With a mix of D.I.Y. attitude, guitar proficiency, and songwriting skills modeled after Cat Power and Exile in Guyville-era Liz Phair, Emily Easterly made her debut in 2001 with the self-released Assembling Emily. Featuring collaborations with several of Easterly's hometown heroes (including Sparklehorse's Alan Weatherhead and Cracker guitarist Johnny Hickman), the record was issued during the songwriter's final weeks of high school in Richmond, VA. The following months saw Easterly relocating several hours south to study music at the University of Miami, where she released Cole in 2002 and garnered support from college radio. Seasons Never Change followed in 2005, boasting an intimate, stripped-down sound that reflected upon the singer's four-year stay in sunny Miami, and Easterly subsequently moved to Brooklyn to pursue her craft full-time. Inspired by Neil Young, the Beatles, and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, Heart Comma Heart arrived in late 2007. The following year, Easterly teamed up with fellow songwriter J Seger to record a split single, Please, Please Say Goodnight/City Love Is Strange, which was released on 45-rpm vinyl that fall." -Andrew Leahey, allmusic.com
In the fall of 2009, Easterly released a new single, "The Only Two On Earth" with the B side "Montreal". After a move to Asheville, NC she wrote songs for the EP Get Bothered, released in 2013. Since acquiring a drum kit and learning to play, many of the songs on Get Bothered were written starting with a drum groove, a departure from her usual songwriting process. In the summer of 2018 she released two new singles, the cinematic sounding "Yellow Leaves" with "Put on a Show" as the B side.
"The combination of voice, melody and production makes Emily Easterly one to watch."
“Dark indie folk fading fast through gritted teeth.”
-The Village Voice
"Well-rounded to the point of perfection, sweet, slyly inventive and ultimately highly memorable." -Richmond Times Dispatch
“A promising mix of Fiona Apple (without the anger) and Mazzy Star’s quiet seductiveness.”
-Miami Street Magazine