Vocalist Emma Frank has made the move to Montreal-based label Justin Time with her fourth album, Come Back, scheduled for a September 6th release. The record sees Frank deepening her musical relationship with pianist Aaron Parks who graced her previous outing, Ocean Av, last year. Rounding out the band is bassist Zack Lober and drummer Tommy Crane as well as producer and guitarist Franky Rousseau.
Come Back delves into themes of love, lust, self-doubt, commitment, and sadness through its seven original compositions in addition to its cover of Wilco’s “Either Way” and a vocal rendition of Park’s “Lilac”, re-baptized into the title track “Come Back”, from his latest album Aaron Parks Little Big.
In her trademark poise and erudition, Frank says of the project: “I hope that listening to this album makes people feel seen in all of their complexity and beauty. Life is tough. Music is soothing. In a sense, it’s that easy. I want this album to be a safe space for someone or one space that they can go to feel their feelings and enjoy being alive.”
Stream Emma Frank’s sublime and poignant new single “Come Back”, the aforementioned cover of Aaron Park’s “Lilac” below, and be on the lookout for her upcoming North American and European tour dates (also below).
In Frank’s own words: “I happened to be in Paris at the same time as Aaron and his now-wife, Maria, a few summers ago. Aaron had just finished recording his new album with Little Big and was playing us tracks from it. ‘Lilac’ was something he thought he’d like lyrics to, and I loved it so much and told him I’d try my best. Lilacs are my favorite flowers, and this song just felt like the perfect vehicle to express all the complex feelings around fleeting beautiful things.”
Come Back, the new album by vocalist Emma Frank, drops tomorrow on Justin Time Records.
Emma Frank Tour Dates:
Fri, Sept 6 Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory
Sat, Sept 14 Paris, France @ Ducs des Lombards
Sun, Sept 15 London, UK @ Kansas Smitty’s
Tues, Sept 17 Berlin, Germany @ Quasimodo
Sun, Oct 6 Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim
Tue, Oct 8 Burlington, VT @ The Lamp Shop
Wed, Oct 9 Montreal, QC @ Café Resonance
Fri, Oct 11 Wakefield, QC @ Black Sheep Inn
Sat, Oct 12 Toronto, ON @ Burdock Music Hall
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.