Q&A Scene: EMILY VICTORIA

Tell us about your new single Humming Heart?

Humming Heart is a song that I wrote about following your curiosity and encountering the unknown.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

My favourite work is always the most recent one I have written, when I have a click moment about how all the pieces could fit together production wise which usually happens with a synth in my bedroom!

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

At the moment my sound is layered and light on the verge of a flavour that might explode sonically which gives it interest. I would liken the many layers to being a fruit salad or coulis. The link between sound and food is something I think about quite a lot. A few years ago I released a water based EP with the intention of the sound mirroring the fluidity of water. ..

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

When Humming Heart was being recorded, my guitar strap broke, and my guitar fell.. I left the guitar at the studio and returned the next morning to find a huge opening in the bottom of the instrument. No one (including myself) had noticed this opening or heard the sound of the guitar break and could be sure that this happened.. We continued to use this guitar throughout the recording sessions, and it worked perfectly well??

What, or who, inspires you?

Artwork inspires me a lot. In particular, paintings of people’s faces where you have to try and make sense of their expression and what they might be experiencing emotionally. I have always loved Gustaf Klimt’s artwork and have visited Belvedere Palace where some of his most famous artworks are . I love how he uses small shapes and patterns which depict a greater thing . . and how you can stare at his work for long periods of time and the paintings make eye contact with you and there is a particular emotion . . lust, pain . . and you want to connect with these characters. There is a level of mystery which inspires me with his work. Another painting which has inspired me for a long time is by a Tasmanian artist called Alicja Boyd. The painting is of a girl in a red dress flying over some mountains with their arms and legs outstretched (very similar to the Humming Heart cover actually) and the painting is titled ‘Flying Lesson No. 2.’

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Shameless – Nilüfer Yanya

What’s next for you?

On Saturday I am heading to Germany for a while. Between Germany and Melbourne, I have a lot of ideas to explore further . . you can expect more music from me next year. !

What’s your scene?

Cottagecore with an abundance of French Film and minestrone soup.

Enter into the lush and mysterious realm of Melbourne multi-instrumentalist Emily Victoria, with her brand new track Humming Heart making its way into the world today. Also accompanied by an immersive and intriguing music video, Humming Heart murmurs with rich instrumentals and effortless charm like a hazy twilight spell. 

Inspired by the likes of Hatchie, Kate Bush, Caroline Polachek and The Sundays, Humming Heart is a layered, bold and dreamlike affair, equally warm and beguiling with a retro undertone amidst Emily’s textured vocals. Recorded to tape at Soundpark Studios with producer Nao Anzai, who has previously worked with Mildlife and The Teskey Brothers, Humming Heart hums along with synthesisers and production by Lewis Moody, additional vocal production provided by Hamish Patrick, guitars by Anthony Farrugia, Jacob Long on drums and Sam Clarke on bass, while also contemplating the unknown and existence in general, as Emily explains, “The lyrics for Humming Heart are quite abstract, like the video. It’s ultimately about having curiosity and intrigue, exploring the unknown and encountering the supernatural. It’s also about considering the cause of our existence and trying to make sense of one’s experience”.

The accompanying music video for Humming Heart seamlessly adheres itself to the absorbing and curious nature of the overall track, with Emily teaming up with Jeff Andersen Jnr on directing and editing duties to bring the luminous yet moody clip to life. Featuring Emily and contemporary dancer and artist Nikki Tarling, the clip ultimately evolved from an eccentric idea revolving around limbs into a full-blown narrative, and painstakingly timed lights, as Emily reveals, “Jeff thought of the idea for this video. In its early stages the concept was close up shots of limbs doing peculiar things at different angles, e.g. a pair of hands tidying with a dustpan and shovel. Then Jeff suggested that I act as a cautious hotel manager who sees unusual limbs in rooms with eerie lighting. We both liked there being unity at the end point of the video. The video was so much fun to make! We were a team of six filming the video at St George’s Inn in Thornbury over two nights. It was all very thoughtfully planned, however there were some last-minute changes with the crew, which gave it a very spontaneous feeling! The lighting setup was extensive, thanks to Mike Ridley. We were able to sync the lighting with the rhythm of the song”.

A lover of busy cities, the creative process, Gustav Klimt and the colour red, Emily’s enchanting flair as an artist ultimately stems from her love for life and a constant pursuit to challenge herself, and Humming Heart is a sublime and elegant addition to her ever-evolving journey. 

Humming Heart is out now!

Listen: HUMMING HEART

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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