Emilie & Ogden, aka Emilie Kahn and her harp, Ogden, is set to perform at Manchester’s The Castle on 2 March as part of a brief run of dates for the Montreal artist, who released her debut album 10 000 on 20 November 2015 through Secret City Records.
Emilie discovered the harp when The Barr Brothers harpist, Sarah Pagé, played along with her school choir, driving her to find an instructor on Craigslist the next day. Emilie explains, “I had never felt this way toward an instrument.” Lithium Magazine further adds how Emilie makes the harp “seem like an extension of herself rather than an instrument.”
Emilie wrote all the lyrics and music for 10 000, then teamed up with longtime accomplice and producer Jesse Mac Cormack and her drummer Francis Ledoux to finalize the songs’ construction. The music was recorded in Studio B-12 nestled in the woods of Valcourt in Quebec, CA. 10 000 includes two deconstructed and reconstructed tracks, Babel and Long Gone, from her previous EP, in addition to completely new compositions.
Earlier this summer, Emilie & Ogden released a cover of Taylor Swift’s Style. Swift shared the rendition via her personal Twitter, and the cover was shared virally. To date it has received over 330,000 YouTube views.
Her first single has also been successful, clocking up more than 100,000 view on YouTube alone.
Of the inspiration for the video, director Pierre-Alexandre Girard of DTO Films explains, “The music video for “What Happened” presents a photographic concept. My intention was to present a hyper-realistic world, fixed in a place so clean it is disturbing. A destabilizing ambiance, uncomfortable in its immobility. The sequence of paintings, as well as their evolution etches Emilie in an eloquent, ultra tangible realism.”
Emilie & Ogden performs at Manchester’s The Castle on 2 March 2016.