Emily Lind’s natural grace and vulnerable songwriting radiate a level of authenticity one might not expect from a famous young actress who’s acted alongside the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Keanu Reeves, and has even been directed by Clint Eastwood and Gaspar Noe. It’s as if she can step right off the silver screen into her true self: a refreshingly thoughtful and expressive poet, guitarist and singer-songwriter. Perhaps it’s because Emily never expected to pursue music professionally the way she’d pursued acting, since childhood her songs and poems had always been kept to herself so as to never lose her passion for writing.
Emily’s love of artists like Leonard Cohen, Nico, Bob Dylan, Elliot Smith, Bon Iver, and Kendrick Lamar shine through her songs, even though she insists her music sounds like none of them. Her mantra both in song-writing and in life is “flow not force,” and after a series of what felt like forced efforts, she found her producer dream team and new best friends in KoOoLkOjAk and Tizhimself. Having worked with the likes of Kanye West, ASAP Rocky, Ho99o9, and Dojacat to name a few, their highly refined hip-hop chops take the form of wild beats and soundscapes that pour through Emily’s moody, and at times wonderfully weird songs. Her debut single “Castles” is the first track to be revealed off the upcoming LP they made together.
“My main goal is to create a world where people can go, to feel a little less alone,” she says about the EP. “Art in any form is perceived by each person differently, and to me that is the beauty of creating in general. The truth is when you take away all of the small differences that each human possesses, we are all the same. We all want to feel understood, and having the outlet to do that is such a huge responsibility that I don’t take lightly. I want the music I put out to be whatever the listener needs it to be.” Far from being a safe record, the LP is a series of successful musical experiments that capture the true essence of Emily Lind.