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Emma O’Reilly – Purge

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Songwriter Emma O’Reilly produces a haunting take on the alternative-pop and folk genres with her latest E.P. Purge.

Opening with a howl of harmonic texture that encapsulates the scratching uneasy folk that dominates Purge, ‘Winter’ finds Emma O’Reilly pulling together the diverse array of influences and sounds that form the core of her music.

A record defined by dynamic peaks and troughs, one of the most interesting aspects to Purge is the ground covered by O’Reilly both stylistically and tonally. Moving from the soft, gentle welcoming sound of ‘Little Boy Blue’ to the slightly pensive, tense longing of ‘Wolf (Part 1)’ the E.P. takes in a broad spectrum of texture within it’s three-track running time.

Finding its home between the grandeur of alternative-pop songwriters like I Have A Tribe and the immersive folk of Cathy Davy, Emma O’Reilly’s music is deftly structured and set to an enchanting production which owes much to the dramatic leanings of Kate Bush.

Occupied by a haunting, stark undercurrent that finds its way into each corner of the E.P., Purge is an impressive record that bestrides alternative-pop and indie-folk in equal parts with relative ease. Held together by Emma O’Reilly’s strong, believable performance these three tracks showcase an artist on the ascendency.

Rating: 8/10

Purge by Emma O’Reilly is out now.

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