Emily Reo

Emily Reo to celebrate release of new record with show at Baby's All Right 04.26

For these past few years, the conversational focus on mistreatment of women in entertainment has been in turns cathartic and grueling. It’s a long overdue conversation, and it was only a matter of time before it started to make its appearance as a focal point in music. Songwriter Emily Reo chooses pop as a medium to explore misogyny in the music industry and in every day life on “Strawberry”, the premiere track off her upcoming record Only You Can See It. Balancing sardonic lyrics with an anthemic instrumental, "Strawberry" features Reo’s voice front and center. After listing off a number of micro aggressions from patronizing men, she belts, “How many girls in this city are getting T-I-R-E-D”, and it’s easy to imagine a crowd screaming back in response. The track gives the clear impression of an artist coming into her own, ready to share herself with the world and not willing to take crap from anyone. Only You Can See It will be released on April 26th, and Reo will be celebrating the release that night at Baby’s All Right. In the meantime, mark your calendar, and stream “Strawberry” below. - Sunny Betz 


Emily Reo takes her playful "Rainbow Pop" to Baby's All Right on 10.06

Some of the most imaginative music is created when musical instruments are treated like toys, rather than serious objects that require a lot of practicing to be mastered, implying that conventional instrumental technique might actually harness creativity. If that's the philosophical premise of punk and post punk, since the late '90s the DIY movement has been slowly extending its influence to other musical genres. NYC songwriter and programmer Emily Reo seem to share this approach, crafting whimsical pop songs based on simple but carefully chosen programmed sounds and drum beats, and featuring melodic vocals that, more often than not, are filtered through electronic harmonizers. The result is rather peculiar: her music is playful and ethereal to the point of sounding almost abstract - so much so that we are tempted to label it "Rainbow Pop."
Even though Reo hasn't released any new material in three years, she'll have a rather prestigious show at Baby's All Right on October 6th. Check out the video for aptly named single 'Rainbow Road.'


Foxes in Fiction play Shea Stadium with Evlis Depressedly and Alex G on 08.16

Foxes in Fiction started out as a project based around Warren Hildebrand's interests in tape machines, field recordings, and sampling and the manipulation of those mediums.  His music is ambient, intimate, and surreal; almost all of his tracks feel like they're floating on air, existing in a dream like state.  The manipulation of the sounds from the environments that surround us has long been explored (starting with the futurist painter Luigi Russolo and his manifesto, The Art of Noises, in 1913!!), and it brings us joy that there are people still exploring those mediums in the NYC DiY community.  Taking music past the point of what our ears are conditioned to experience, Foxes in Fiction near the connection between music and Earth by combining the two: the world is an instrument, and Foxes in Fiction shows us this in a beautiful way.  

Hildebrand also co-runs Orchid Tapes, who put out records by both Alex G and Elvis Depressedly.  The reason I mention those names specifically is because all three of those artists are playing a show at Shea Stadium this Saturday August 16 along with Emily Reo.  Alex G was our best emerging artist of 2013 for the Philadephia blog, and Elvis Depressedly is soon to be no more, so it's definitely a show worth checking out.  Stream Foxes in Fiction's song "8/29/91" below -Jake Saunders


Stream: Emily Reo, 'Olive Juice' LP

Though she spent her formative years in Orlando, Emily Reo's 'Olive Juice' is doused in the haze of west coast dream pop. Her synth-manipulated songwriting is in a constant state of ease, never hurried nor rushed, simply content to lilt along in a dream state. Her arrangements gather you up gently and swirl in reverse until you aren't sure which way is up. While her sound can be described at times as ambient, or lo-fi, the layers and textures push and pull throughout each song - especially on "Peach," where there is a flurry of activity. Reo has been toying around with the songs on 'Olive Juice' since 2009. The current collection of arrangements feels complete - you can almost sense her satisfaction at seeing them through to their maturation. While references can be made to Imogen Heap, Beach House and even Postal Service, Reo is in a league all her own, creating beautiful masterpieces filled with passionate experimentation. Stream the entire 'Olive Juice' album on her bandcamp, out now on Elestial Records. - Jacqueline Caruso