"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 will release her new double single "Chapel" / "Big John." Stream both new tracks below.
"Chapel" was co-produced alongside Burger Records signee and musician Matt Rendon (of the The Resonars) at Midtown Island Studios in Tucson, Arizona, and was tracked direct to tape using no digital production tools. The heart-rending ballad was written after Wildwood quit drinking in 2018. "It started forming as a romantic song but became more about my relationship with drinking. 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."
"Big John" was produced by Oscar Rodriguez and Zach Jones in Brooklyn, NY, and was written about the dark side of the music industry, she says, and "the relationships you're forced to keep" in order to continue making art. "There's a Big John lurking in every scenario, someone who tries to use your gifts to carve out a space for themselves in the universe and how you have to protect your integrity like a precious jewel."
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 musical future. This year, following the release of "Chapel" and "Big John," she will release her first self-produced album, Heavy Petals, next month, which she chronicled in an IGTV vlog that documented her process in the studio.
Wildwood's All My Blood EP arrived this January and has 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, 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."