Emma Forman - A Review

The May weather in Scotland is not very inviting at the moment - it makes everyone want to stay indoors and cosy up with a nice, warm blanket, watching heavy, silver-grey clouds passing by, and showering already soaking ground. The aura is not helping particularly with one’s mood, therefore we embarked on a quest to discover a piece of music which would soothe everyone’s longing for a bit of sunshine. No, we have not packed out bags and flown to Spain, although that probably would prove to be a temporary fix. In contrary, we stayed in Scotland, and armed with a laptop and Wi-Fi, found a true musical gem, that we are certain, you will like.

Upon browsing through upcoming events in Glasgow, we have stumbled upon a gig advert at Brel Bar Restaurant, which will showcase acoustic bands. One of the artists announced to perform was Emma Forman...

Emma Forman, a Scottish singer-songwriter, has begun her solo career ten years ago when Chris Thomson from The Bathers, whose influences can be heard throughout her repertoire, recorded and produced her first solo demo. She was a member of such bands as Bad Karma, Those Valentinos, Baby Karma, The Awkwards (guitar), Piston Broke, and The Koshkas, and still performs with Medusa’s Cure band, where she plays the guitar and sings.

Her first gig in December 2001 was a stepping stone for her solo career. She has since earned a lot of recognition within the local music industry, being compared with such artists like Suzanne Vega or PJ Harvey. She has supported numerous bands, between others Rae Spoon, Fish, The Wrigly Sisters, The Hussy’s and many others.  Apart from achieving a place in the final of South West Sound Live both in 2007 and 2008, she and her band, Medusa`s Curse,  performed on Scott Mill`s Upstaged on BBC 3.  

We have found Emma’s music very in tune with the Scottish aura, as it is rather melancholic and tranquil, yet on the other hand is very refreshing and filling with hope. Her soft, velvety voice, intertwining with brisk, ornamented strumming and finger-picking patterns, comes straight from the heart and hits the very soul of the listener. We recommend listening to “I Do Remember You”, which is an innocent, delicate, and mesmerizing piece of music, similarly to “Illuminate”, which showcases brilliantly this young singers’ soft, husky voice.

Yet Forman has also demonstrates a more edgy, up-beat face, which puts you on your toes and lifts your spirits. Incorporating sharp and crisp electric guitar riffs in “She Says”, or playing around with bluesy notes in “Blind Spot” and “Dancing On The Tables”, she proves to be a very talented and skilled artist, not afraid of experiments with music and longing to give more to the audiences.

As every artist is unique in their own, special way, we would like to avoid comparing Emma to other established performers. Yet, if you are a fan of Sheryl Crowe, and especially of her early work, you might want to listen to “The Goodbye”, which in our opinion sounds very much in tune with the American vocalist’s songs.

Since the weather is forecasted to be miserable, gloomy and unwelcoming for the next couple of weeks, we urge you to have a go and listen to Emma Forman, as her songs serve as perfect soundtrack for long May evenings.

To find out more about Emma and her music, go to: MySpace, Bandcamp, Facebook, Reverbnation, Bebo, LastFM, or her official website.

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