Mountain Xpress Show Review
Hendersonville Times- News Mention of “Get Bothered”
Mountain Xpress Review of “Get Bothered” EP
Vinyl District Preview of “The Only Two On Earth” Single
Mercury Lounge Show Review
By Nikol Burgos and Jess Alexander
Split 45rpm Vinyl Review
In the first of a series of seven-inch records brought about by Split 45 Vinyl, Brooklyn-based duo Emily Easterly and J Seger have teamed up to release their double a-side record ‘Please, Please Say Goodnight / City Love Is Strange’.
For Easterly’s part ‘Please, Please Say Goodnight’ is a triumphant continuation of her recent, and finest, work to date. Encompassing the, now unmistakable, pulsating bass line so many of records possess, Easterly’s striking vocal fluctuates from the soft, brooding opening of the track to the urgent and powerful climax. The brief ten-second guitar work mid-way through pays playful homage to her Beatles influence as the song builds to a rousing finale with Easterly imploring to the song’s main target to concede to the inevitable. This Virginian songstress’ rapid rise continues abound.
‘City Love Is Strange’, Seger’s offering on the record’s flip-side, is saturated in the kind of folk-blues tradition that is fast becoming synonymous with his work – despite his novice recording career. Seger writes songs with the maturity of an artist two lifetimes’ his senior and, but a mere window into his upcoming sophomore LP, ‘City Love Is Strange’ sparks an intrigue within all great music enthusiasts. Timeless in its simplicity, an almost apologetic drum beat maintains a soft, smouldering aura throughout as Seger’s delightfully imperfect vocal steers the song to an unheralded fade-out.
By Joel Crane (NME, Q, Mojo)
Heart Comma Heart Review
Inspired largely by the music of Neil Young and the poetic soul of Sylvia Plath, Emily Easterly’s fourth offering – Heart Comma Heart – is an album that embodies a coming of age for this Virginia-born, Brooklyn-based songstress. Having stripped away many production regularities such as bass guitar, Easterly has finally captured on record a striking resemblance to her emphatic, pulsating live shows – helped, in no small part, by long-time accomplice and drummer Sarab Singh. With songs packed full of urgency and determination coupled with gritty lyrics of distain, Easterly appears to be one artist at ease with her sound and, in a live environment, comes second to nobody – a blossoming, must-see talent on the rise.
By Joel Crane (NME, Q, Mojo)
Style Weekly- The Music Issue
By Leana Kleeman
By MJ Speakman
Brightest Young Things- Listening Party
By John Foster
The Daily Vault Review
By Jason Warburg
Style Weekly Article
By Brent Baldwin
Ink 19 Review of Heart Comma Heart
By Ben Varkentine
Etsy.com Review of Heart Comma Heart
Village Voice Review of Seasons Never Change
Sultry auburn-haired guitar-and-piano-playing singer-songwriter from Virginia who recorded in Miami, dark indie folk fading fast through gritted teeth, with words about cobblestones, old wooden houses, and cartwheels. Fortunately not introverted enough to deserve the Cat Power comparisons. Seasons Never Change, her album title claims, which isn’t really true but sort of is.
By Chuck Eddy
Ink 19 Review of Seasons Never Change
By Ben Varkentine
Amplifier Magazine Review of Cole
A fragile-sounding voice doesn’t always suggest mere fragility; take Aimee Mann, for instance, whose resonant odes to human frailty are conveyed in haunted and muted tones, or Chrissie Hynde, a master of soulful understatement. Both artists refrain from the vocal histrionics that are common in popular music and their songs are stronger for it.
Emily Easterly is another singer with similar good taste and restraint. Her second disc, Cole, follows the previous year’s debut, Assembling Emily. Ostensibly, this is folk based music, with a solid acoustic guitar construct on which Emily lays her bare-boned lyrics. But thanks to creative input from recording pros who have worked with other Richmond, Virginia-area peers like Sparklehorse and Cracker, Easterly’s songs are fleshed out with gorgeous pedal steel licks (the sublime “Bad Luck”), anachronistic analog synth sounds and plenty of ballsy rhythm electric guitar. Her words are refreshingly naive and straightforward, thankfully free of brainy browbeating and designer despair, yet nothing noteworthy; it’s the combination of voice, melody and production that makes Emily Easterly one to watch, and Cole is a great place to start.
By Larry O. Dean
9X Review of Assembling Emily
Emily Easterly, who hails from the Southside of Richmond, is on a mission. Her mission is to become a famous singer-songwriter while still going to school full-time in Florida. And if “Assembling Emily”, the first EP from Ms. Easterly, is any indication, I think it will happen.
“Assembling Emily” is 6 songs of gut wrenching emotion in the same vein as Fiona Apple or maybe Tori Amos with a bit of Sheryl Crow thrown in for good measure. All songs were written by Emily and she plays them with conviction. The combination of such talent makes for a delightful mix of drama and passion that could last for ages.
Enlisting the help of Cracker guitarist, Johnny Hickman, and the percussion of Miguel Urbiztondo, who co-produced the cd with her, Emily will be a force to be reckoned with in a short time for a very long time.
By Dave Driver