A promising debut from the Blackpool country singer
It was a busy week for Emma Moore, a rising country singer from Blackpool, as she prepared for the launch of her debut album ‘Pilot’ on Friday 17th June.
A country album through and through, Moore’s strong set of ten tracks are personal and organic with her powerful vocals bringing to mind artists like Carrie Underwood and Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry).
From the bluesy and sultry opening track ‘Before I Fall Asleep’ to the heartfelt “Daytime Black” to the darker and more sinister “Bottom of the Bottle”, Moore is relentless in her quest to move our hearts and succeeds in creating a mixture of tracks that capture all the essentials of a country album.
“There is happiness, excitement, pain, love, romance, heartache, so hopefully there is something everyone can relate to and enjoy.”
Moore aspires to be a “great storyteller” like her musical idols Brandy Clark, Ashley Monroe and Kacey Musgraves who she believes are “unafraid to step outside of safety zones and sing about subject matters that have been seen as controversial”.
Her emotionally resonant country storytelling lyrics are proof that she has lived up to her aspirations with the especially moving lines on the track ‘Alone’, “for one last minute you are mine” and “I tell myself it won’t last/Not to dwell upon my past”.
The album’s title track ‘Pilot’ was inspired by Moore’s love for TV dramas and is based around the uncertain future of new relationships, “no guarantee if you’ll win or lose” and the possibility of greatness, “longest running love that’s ever been”.
It is followed by ‘I Will Say Yes’, perhaps the most charming song on the album about love being enough in itself with no need for grand gestures. The stripped back production adds sincerity to Moore’s message that love doesn’t need to be “a competition”.
This idea translates into her music which doesn’t rely on gimmicks but uses the raw and organic lyrics and melodies to captivate the audience.
“When the pilot is all that exists, the show runners have no idea if it will get picked up, run for one season, two, or ten and that immediately made me think of a new relationship.”
The album includes ‘Paper Roses’, which tracks the progression of a relationship and the wonderful things created from love, “we built foundations for a love sure to last”. This track has a captivating sweetness, making it easy to listen to again and again.
“I pictured a woman finding a bunch of flowers made of paper with a note. I have no idea where that came from but I knew I wanted to write about it so I made up her story.”
On the upbeat track ‘Tired’ a relationship in the throes of arguments, shouting matches and tears is reaching breaking point, “I know it’s been a shock/To hear me talking back/But it’s overdue/I’m no longer scared of you”.
This empowering cry of independence is echoed in ‘I Don’t Know’ when Moore says “everyone around me is rushing down the aisle/But that’s not where my dreams lie”.
The closing track of the album, “Why Don’t We Lie” reflects on attempting to sustain a failing relationship, “Now we lie together in the dark/Wondering how we can ignite the spark/so our love can survive”, with the rich vocals and eventual resignation, “I’ve been here before/I know how this ends” cementing this track as a highlight.
It would be great to see Moore reach the same level of success as other UK country artists such as The Shires who made British music history last year, becoming the first UK country music band to make it into the top ten album charts. If this debut album is anything to go by, she’s got a long and successful career ahead of her.
By Eveline Vouillemin