‘Wistful melancholy’ are the words to describe Emilie Kahn’s sophomore album Outro. Three years on from her debut album 10,000, under her previous moniker Emilie & Ogden (Ogden being Kahn’s harp), Outro sees Kahn’s artistic and musical prowess continue to evolve in the form of nostalgic, diaphanous yet soul-baring songs, embodying the melancholy of adulthood.
Having found her seat at the table of Montreal’s indie-rock scene, this album is only confirmation of that deserved recognition. Whilst the harp remains an integral part of this project, Kahn blends nu-folk influences with darker, electronic elements, providing a uniquely-produced sound world. Such musical characteristics provide the perfect backdrop to the album’s reflective content; the opening track Swimmer, issues a harmonically-rich introduction with sustained chords under an elegant harp-run, before Kahn enters with almost-angelic vocals reminiscing over the ‘what if’s of a relationship, whilst Island is an internal battle between wanting to remain in a conflicting situation to the point of wanting to disappear.
Heavier tracks such as Three sees a sudden shift in tone, the rocky repetition of ‘I’m tired of playing the guessing game’ over intensely- strummed electric guitars to emulate this frustration, before a sudden yet oddly-cohesive transition back to previously seen wistfulness. Will You