This week we are crushing on Emily Rowed.
Hailing from Vancouver, Emily’s initial plan was to become an actress. She even enrolled in acting school, convinced that that she would go on to spend her life on stage. But instead of appearing in plays and films, however, she now graces the stages of clubs and bars, serenading audiences with her infectious musical blend of electronic pop tunes with deep, intimate lyrics.
Emily initially gravitated towards a quiet, acoustic-centred sound, showcased on a self-released album in 2012. Her style took an unexpected turn in 2014, when Tiësto selected her as the voice of his track “Say Something.” The arrangement highlighted the soulful sweetness of her voice against a backdrop of thudding beats and cinematic synths.
Following the collaboration, Emily signed with 604 Records. Her musical journey continued in the direction of lush beats and keyboards contrasted with the introspective storytelling of her folk roots. A series of singles showcases Emily’s multifaceted musical reports. “Arrows,” is an aching slow burner that begins as a hushed piano ballad and swells to a cinematic anthem. “Burn” and “Electric” similarly mix piano with restless rhythms and spacious synth textures. “Swords” delves into dance music with its thudding, beat-driven finale.
The tunes were laid down at 604 Studios in East Vancouver, where Rowed linked up with co-writers and producers including Kevvy Mental (Fake Shark, Carly Rae Jepsen) and Colin Janz (Carly Rae Jepsen). But even as Rowed’s arrangements continue to grow in sonic richness, her songs have remained as personal as ever. It’s Rowed’s sense of vulnerability that allows her hook-filled pop songs to pack such an emotional punch. “I don’t feel like I have the right to share other people’s stories,” she says. “I really only have my own. These are mine.”
Take a listen to “Electric” here:
What is your definition of romance?
My definition of romance is spontaneity, I want to sneak on the roof to slow dance and buy last minute plane tickets
Describe your love life in one word.
My love life in one word is deepmagicfire
What advice would you give to other women out there?
My best advice is: don’t ever settle, you can have your dream person, you can have your dream love
Tell us about the best date you’ve ever had.
The best date I ever had was biking 20 miles alongside the ocean to eat mediocre Mexican food, picking up gas station tequila and tootsie rolls and watching the moon move over the city as we biked home in the pitch black – it felt like we were flying and falling in love
How do you keep the romance alive in your relationship?
I keep the romance alive with haikus, my darlings get sexy poetry