You can understand Emmy The Great wanting to get lost in the machine – her first two albums were driven by heartbreak. ‘First Love’ in 2009 detailed the fallout of a mid-twenties relationship, while 2011’s ‘Virtue’ was preceded by her atheist fiancé converting to Christianity and cancelling their wedding.
‘Second Love’ was originally planned to tackle advancing technology. Composed while touring, its sparse electronics speak of deserted airports and laptop-lit hotel rooms, of cold connections and unwanted updates. Emma-Lee Moss wasn’t made for the swipe-right age, though – emotion soon flooded in.
NME* MARK BEAUMONT,