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Emily Greene
Is This What You Had In Mind?
(self-released)


How does a folk pop artist stand out in the crowd when the marketplace is saturated with tunes that sound influenced by John Mayer's catchy versing and Norah Jones' caressive stroking? In some ways, singer-songwriter-keyboardist Emily Greene is like any other folk pop artist crafting songs using a wealth of acoustic and orchestral traits, but what makes Greene shine in this crowd is her expressive voice which resonates with a pleasing tint. Coming from Miami, Florida and relocating to New York City, Greene sings with the emotion of a vocalist who lives her words.

Greene's self-released effort Is This What You Had In Mind? fuses the warmth of folk with the springy bolts of orchestral pop and the soothing sputters of coffeehouse-inspired acoustics. Working with Dan Romer (April Smith and the Great Picture Show, Ingrid Michaelson, Jenny Owen Youngs) and accompanied by Jon Chapman on drums, Pascal LeBoeuf on keyboards, Adam Gressler on guitar, and Peter Spear on bass, Greene delivers an album that positions folk pop to be accepted in world music's requiem.

Whether the tempo is languid, as in "Oceans And Waves", or upbeat and positively charged like in "Easy Days," Greene adjusts her vocals to reflect the mood of the music. Versatile and able to adapt to various atmospherics, Greene personalizes each track so each one can stand on its own. The wispy drifts in the acoustics along "Just Fine" are pacifying, and the rollicking beats of "Come Back To Me" are shrouded in ambient dewdrops. Greene plays the piano keys with the embracing sensuality of Sarah McLaughlin entwined with sobering musings emblematic of Tori Amos.

Emily Greene shows a genuine affection for folk pop melodies trellised in acoustic pop ramblings. Her tracks are melodically groomed and broaden world music's scope leaving the listener with the impression that simplicity has style and exudes intense emotions without laying it on thick.

-Susan Frances

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