As anticipation builds to the long awaited arrival of her second album ‘Sowing Acorns’ next month, Limerick singer-songwriter Emma Langford has released a special edition cassette, available on Bandcamp from today, for €10.
The cassette features 5 tracks: the mesmerising title song from the album ‘Sowing Acorns’, recorded, mixed and produced by Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy, aka The Production Suite, between their Dublin studio and Golden Egg Studios in Laois in 2019; a full reading of Belfast writer Vanessa Ifediora’s poem ‘Off-White Sheets’ which is sampled on the track; remixes by Mayo producer Gráinne Fahy and Belfast producer Arvo Party; and a stripped-back acoustic version.
The ‘Sowing Acorns’ cassette is a profit-share between Emma, Arvo Party, Gráinne Fahy and poet Vanessa Ifediora all of whom played key roles in the song’s journey. Each purchase includes a digital download of the songs too.
Emma says: “I’ve been skeptical in the past about the resurgence of cassettes; I don’t think I know anyone who owns a cassette player, but I get that music-lovers want to have a piece of physical merchandise in their hands when they’re buying music, and there’s a lovely nostalgia factor to having a tape collection. They’re more compact than vinyl too!
I remember buying singles in my teens – a CD with the extended track, the radio edit, and a remix of the song. My forthcoming album centres on memories and nostalgia, so this Bandcamp Friday special release is a celebration of those things.
As this is a profit-share, I feel it’s a celebration of the community I find myself building around each release. These artists, like so many others, are struggling right now; we’re all dealing with different circumstances: loss of livelihood and income, personal struggles too – this project felt like a clever way to raise a few quid and lift the spirits of music-lovers and my collaborators at the same time.”
The artwork for the cassette is based off of two photos – one from childhood of Emma getting stuck into a good book, and one taken last year by Belfast photographer Conor Kerr. It was created by collaborator Gráinne Fahy who designs graphics, under the name Grainy Graphics.
Buy the ‘Sowing Acorns’ profit-share cassette today via Bandcamp, as the platform are dropping their revenue fees for the day, every cent will go to the artists: https://emmalangfordmusic.bandcamp.com/album/sowing-acorns-limited-edition-ep
Emma will release her second album, ‘Sowing Acorns’, on Friday 18th September 2020. Pre-order the album at: https://emmalangfordmusic.bandcamp.com/album/sowing-acorns-album-pre-order