2020 has been full to the brim with new music and at this time of year we’re weighing up our options for which new cover song and hotly-tipped collab we will be adding to our festive playlists, but when you need a break from all those shooting star wishes, snow scenes and the improbability of Santa Claus, then we have just the thing for you.
Emanuel’s Alt Therapy Session 2: Transformation is as much of a piece of art as it sounds. If we could hang this EP up in a gallery we would. It’s quite suiting then that the cover artwork for the EP is a stunning abstract impressionist painting that conveys the record’s central song – ‘Black Woman’.
However, before we jump ahead, let’s take a minute to appreciate Session 2‘s opening single ‘Magazines’. Beginning with a distant keyboard and Emanuel’s raw vocal, this is a song of lamenting the past and breaking away from a toxic relationship. What we love most about this song is the disassociated dreaminess that we get through the singer’s downplayed vocals and laid-back instrumentations. It’s almost like Emanuel is riffing on his feelings while the session band plays around, and it’s magic. In the last minute of ‘Moments’, everything comes together in a resplendent crescendo, signifying Emanuel’s emotional liberation from the past and vow to not be mistreated again.
Second on the EP is ‘Black Woman’, the official single that arrived earlier this year with a music video celebrating the unique beauty and magnetism of black women. It’s a soulful ballad that sends out an intimately personal message, one of healing.