"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 Feb. 14, Tucson-via-Los Angeles singer-songwriter Emmy Wildwood shares her new single "Chapel." She co-produced the track alongside Burger Records signee and musician Matt Rendon (of the The Resonars) at Midtown Island Studios in Tucson, Arizona. The song was tracked direct to tape using no digital production tools, and features Rendon on gospel and Beach Boys-esque back-up vocals.
The song was inspired after Wildwood quit drinking in 2018. "The song started forming as a romantic type of song but as it took shape I started to realize it was more about my relationship with booze. But i continued to write it as if I were breaking down a failed romantic relationship, and I let it live there because I thought it was interesting to call attentyion to the similarities in the patterns between both things. I thought I was getting strength from it, but it was actually setting me back. I began to examine my relationship with booze just as I would an unhealthy romantic relationship. And I hear a crying out for me to hang on that shows through."
After nearly two decades as a songwriter/musician in various projects, Wildwood committed to learning ProTools and how to self-produce this past year after convincing herself she couldn’t do it following years of sexism and mistreatment in the studio by men. [Per a 2019 USC study, there’s a gender gap of 47:1 among today’s top producers, 47 males to every one female]. The process allowed Wildwood to take back her power and take control of her destiny. This year, she will release two EPs and one album, Heavy Petals.
The release of "Chapel" follows her most recent EP, All My Blood, which arrived this January. The set, which included lead singles "Down Down" and "Everything Hurts," earned support from Galore, Papermag, BUST Magazine, NYLON, Uproxx, The Line Of Best Fit, The 405, and more. Wilwood's solo career began in 2013, after 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, Wildwood dropped singles “Scream,” written exclusively for FOX's “Scream Queens” soundtrack, and "Breathe Me / Lean On," an artful mash-up of Sia’s “Breathe Me” and Major Lazer’s “Lean On."