HEAR THIS: Emil & Friends
When not drawing attention as an aloof, attractive New Yorker/Boston native, Emil Hewitt, along with Asian Dan blogger Dan de Lara, make up Emil & Friends. Together, they swirl self-proclaimed “weird pop” synths with hook-laced, beat-drunk electronic percussion and unexpected harmonics. Although Emil and Dan embrace the youthful nuances of French house music and the purposed marching of basslines, it’s their intricate guitar weavings that are most striking—melodies appear as filigreed, delicate motifs gently supporting Emil’s fickle vocal steering.
Since their first full length release in 2011, the effervescent Lo & Behold on Brooklyn’s Cantora Records, Emil & Friends has only released a few single tracks—“Ali Baba” and “Royal Oats” from the French darling label Kitsuné—but the brand new Vampire EP aimed at supporting Hurricane Relief should hold you ’til a second full album release in 2013.