New Album from Emily Jane White in May

Gothic-Folk Songstress Emily Jane White Readies Ode To Sentience for May 22nd Release Date on Antenna Farm Records

First Single “Black Silk” Available Now as Free Download

There’s a rare confidence to Emily Jane White’s songwriting: it’s at once generous and tough-minded, reflective and unsentimental. White possesses a singular voice inspired by the raveled threads of the uncanny in American culture, including depression-era blues and classic works of gothic literature such as Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper. Armed with little more than acoustic guitar and her fragile alto, she offers complex tales of melancholy and isolation, which have captured the attention of NPR, Pitchfork, The Fader, and more. Having recently returned to the Bay Area from a 4 year European touring stint, Emily signed to neighboring label Antenna Farm Records (Papercuts, Agent Ribbons, etc.) for the North American release of Ode To Sentience, her third album, out May 22nd. The first single “Black Silk” is available now as a free download, along with an accompanying live acoustic video. She’s also announced a string of Spring tour dates, including Noise Pop in San Francisco and SXSW in Austin, opening dates for Jolie Holland, and more. Full list after the jump.

Ode to Sentience is her most realized work to date. Drawing upon finger-picked folk, traditional country, classical music and rock, White creates an expansive space for her intuitive lyrics and elegiac vocals. The spare skeletons of the songs on Ode to Sentience are fleshed out with subdued electric guitar thrums, diaphanous organ, ethereal pedal steel guitar, lush strings, and White’s dusky alto with its signature catch. Her indelible sound has earned White a devoted European following, prompting her to tour there regularly. The album bares an emotional potency, betraying her keen eye for the power dynamics of interpersonal conflict, melancholy, and confinement. White herself though, doesn’t wallow in darkness and morbidity; instead she considers her work to be unifying, an empathetic reflection on the universality of adversity. She sings of individuals “dwelling within oppressive circumstances while seeking liberation despite their isolation and silent suffering.”