"Equal parts empowering and catchy." --BUST
"Like the final sequence in an '80s movie." -NYLON
"Like a hurricane, Wildwood could knock the walls down with her voice alone." -Uproxx
"Conjures strength from shambles." -The Line Of Best Fit
"An artist in every sense of the word." -Galore
"The love child of Kate Bush & Sia." -Paper
On March 20, Arizona-via-New York City artist-producer Emmy Wildwood will release her new solo album Heavy Petals. The nine-track set was recorded in her home studio in Tucson, Arizona and mixed by Nathan Sabatino at Hi-Dez Recording in Joshua Tree, California (Dr. Dog, Flaming Lips). She wrote and recorded lead single "Bad Thing" in one sitting, and tracked it on her Instagram live to her fanbase of 24K+ followers.
"Bad Thing is the first one that sort of happened to itself. It's about my tendency to give and give and give to others until I find that my identity starts slipping away from me," she says. "Writing this was at a high point of feeling powerless to being madly in love with somebody, but like most bad feelings I always feel differently after I write a song about it, because it helps me regain a little bit of myself back. I take those things with me."
Heavy Petals is Wildwood's first self-produced album after learning ProTools this past year. She documented the process in an IGTV vlog aimed at helping other female musicians gain confidence and feel more comfortable entering into the production space, one which is predominantly dominated by men. In it, she discussed her past years of mistreatment in the studio, the validation of finally gaining full creative control of her artistry, and a 2019 USC study that revealed a gender gap of 47:1 among today’s top producers, 47 males to every one female.
The new album follows Wildwood's recent All My Blood EP, which she dropped in January and earned support from Galore, Papermag, BUST Magazine, NYLON, Uproxx, The Line Of Best Fit, The 405, and more. Her solo career began in 2013, when she dropped the final album with her former punk band VELTA, which included a collaboration with TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone (“Let’s Get Married”). Her debut solo effort, Mean Love, earned co-signs from Ryan Seacrest and Patricia Fields, and features in Billboard, Refinery29, Huffington Post, NewNowNext, and more. Following the release, her single “Scream" earned a sync on FOX's “Scream Queens” soundtrack.