Matt Emery’s music is described by The 405 as “ebbing from soft whispers to an ocean of sound that would calm even the roughest of seas.” Their words are apt. Though learned and erudite, there is melancholia, jubilation, tension, beauty, dark ambience all deftly navigated in his beautiful compositions. Delivered with the sombre grace of heavyweights such as Ryuichi Sakamoto or Ludovico Einaudi, and possessing a singularity akin to Lubomyr Melnyk or Bing and Ruth, there is a devastating depth of sentiment in his music.
Emery’s profile as a composer has benefitted from several placements across cinema and television, accumulating an incredible 30 million views on YouTube for his GoPro online ads. His music was used for the trailer of Anton Chekhov’s Seagull play, the highly acclaimed new adaptation that was directed by Matthew Dunster and showing at Regents Park Open Air Theatre in June-July 2015. Other placements include trailers for the British Academy’s Literature Week in 2015 and 1883 Magazine’s ‘Life Less Ordinary’ – behind the scenes photo shoot amongst many others. And despite Empire being his debut album, previous self-released singles have received radio play across many of the BBC’s music stations, KEXP and Amazing Radio.
An artist of many talents, Matt has done engineering work for other artists, mastering Kevin Devine’s ‘Live at St Pancras Old Church’ album (Big Scary Monsters), ‘Sofia Songs’ (a Super Fan 99 Records compilation with covers of songs featured in Sofia Coppola films) and Nicholas Stevenson’s ‘Can You Bring a Camera’ single for Record Store Day. He also hosts a podcast for Alcopop! Records, interviewing artists and leading industry figures.