Photography by Priscilla Scott

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a singer-songwriter and visual artist with a fourth full length album “On Dark Horses” out on Sargent House on 14 September and if “Fever Dreams” is anything to go by, it’s a relentless and feverish tsunami of emotions, that’s as dark as PJ Harvey, as timeless as Patti Smith (Horses anyone?), as portent and yet economical as Dirty Three and as smoke-hazed and intense as Thalia Zedek.

For previous album the sombrely titled “Marked For Death” after teaming up with touring companions from members of Woven Hand, Git Some and label mates Jaye Jayle, Emma ended up moving to Louisville, Kentucky and there’s echoes here “On Dark Horses” from the likes of Louisville luminaries Will Oldham and Tara-Jane O’Neil. Both lyrically and musically it is evident that she has definitely lived, loved, lost and loved again. Taking the brief of an obscure track choice and fully running with it, I am pleased to introduce to VS, Emma Ruth Rundle

Here’s Emma’s “song for ewe”…

“When I got the request of this piece, I immediately knew that the song would have to be “October” by Tyondai Braxton, whom I came to know from his work with Battles…The level of obscurity this song resides in was part of how I knew. It was released on a compilation CD from Narnack Records in 2004. I first heard this song when fellow label mate, Mylets ( Henry Kohen ) played it for me some years ago.

It took me a few days to find on my own – there is no YouTube link for this track and despite all the digging I have done – I can not find credits, so you’ll have to buy it on apple. It’s a nine + plus minute driving duet. From what I can tell, it’s about a tenuous relationship coming to an end- but what really grabbed me about this track is the, at first, restrained harmonies Tondi and his female counterpart cultivate, which become this cascade of distress and finally resolve back into the guitar and bass parts that greeted you at the start.

The song is a wonderful journey I have taken time and time again and a brilliant composition that demonstrates how far Tondi brilliant mind can take you, with such eloquently patient shifting rhythms and melodies. Find it – it’s worthwhile.”

Hear a sample on Allmusic here…

on Discogs here.

Photo by Kristin Cofer

Emma Ruth Rundle is on tour in Europe in the Autumn including these UK dates:

November 3 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
November 4 Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade
November 6 Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
November 7 Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
November 8 London, UK @ Oslo

“On Dark Horses” available for pre-order here.