If you’re the kind of person who loves discovering new music, then keep on reading, because we’ve got some pure bops and bangers for you. If you’re never heard of Emma Blackery before, then where have you been? Emma first burst onto the scene during the early days of YouTube’s growing popularity, and while that era has since died out, this punk rock princess has been on the grind, creating both content and music for her loyal fans. Yet somehow, she’s such an underrated gem in the music industry, so we wanted to share with you some of our favorite Emma Blackery songs that we think are deserving of a place on your playlist.
This is the anthem for the misfits and outcasts. The bouncy bop sings about being different and accepting it regardless of what others think of you. The captivating chorus and chanting are really what draws you in, but you end up staying for the lyrics, especially if you’re able to relate to them. Emma took a more electro-pop route with this one, and honestly, we can’t be mad at it.
The lead single from her 2020 EP, My Arms Are Open, ‘Wolves’ is a great song that best captures Emma’s sound in the present day and shows her growth as an artist. From the enchantingly haunting background effects to the synth-pop sounds, we can’t help but groove to this track but not without feeling the emotions of the lyrics about Emma’s journey that she’s so eloquently written that speak to us.
‘Nothing Without You’
The juxtaposition of this song is real. The happy-go-lucky melody is met with the emotional lyrics of post-breakup reflections, which has us dancing our emotions out rather than just sobbing into a tub of ice cream. The energetic rhythm entwined with the dynamic piano range and simple but super effective chordal hook make it easy for us to put our sour feelings aside and just bop along to the song.
This gentle stripped back ballad is a track that truly showcases Emma’s diaphanous vocals as she uses the Greek Mythology character Icarus to refer to herself and how reciprocating to negativity would result in people anticipating her failure. The more chill-side of Blackery’s discography is underrated but deserving of just as much love as it can truly hit you right in the feels.
‘Sucks To Be You’
Though she has taken a different direction with her more recent music, it’s perhaps the sound of ‘Sucks To Be You’ that Emma is most identified with. It’s a bad-ass guitar-heavy pop-punk song that has you headbanging or fully busting a move while saluting the exes in your life – be it platonic or romantic – with a middle finger without a single care in the world.
You may have noticed the 80s synth-pop trend that has been going around this year in music, but let it be known that Emma Blackery probably did this before your fave even thought about it. This club-friendly album track sings about how Emma and her enemy are losing a battle, and honestly, we think this song deserves a lot more recognition!
‘Cute Without You’
Emma wrote this song in 24 hours for a challenge with a brand partnership some years ago, sampling sounds of makeup packaging in the original recording, and it was a real hit with her fans. Low and behold, she worked on the song further, and it became a sassy stand-alone single back in 2019 that we really do be vibing with.
We’ll be honest, we could have listed way more of Emma’s songs here, but those are for you to discover on your own after becoming hooked on these bangers.
And, if you’re loving what we’ve suggested and can’t get enough, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s more music on the way! Emma is set to drop her new single ‘Blossom’ on December 11th, meaning Christmas has come early! Emma cites Alanis Morisette, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Cranberries as some of her inspirations for this new sound, saying that she “has always wanted to incorporate alternative-rock into her catalog. She also tipped that her sophomore album is due to release in 2021, so now is the perfect time to fall in love with her, just like we have!
Are you a fan of Emma’s? What’s your favorite song of hers? Let us know down in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP!
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