Emily Gold

Photo by Shelby Goldstein

Emily Gold is an up-and-coming artist from Los Angeles, making a splash in the local scene. We got a chance to talk with her about her new album, Recluse, what it means to be an Angeleno, and more! Read the interview below, and be sure to catch Emily Gold‘s May residency at Harvard & Stone! The shows will be every Tuesday at the iconic Hollywood venue; supporting acts are TBA.

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Emily Gold’s Harvard & Stone Residency

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Thrillcall: Your album Recluse feels remarkably cohesive, especially the instrumentation. What influences were you channeling when writing this record?

Emily Gold: Thank you! Man, it was all over the place. I don’t think we ever explicitly tried to rip someone’s sound, it came from a pretty pure place of creation, but naturally we have our favorites. For example, harmonically I often think about Thom Yorke and guitar-tone wise I think Dave, my producer, likes to keep Kevin Shields in mind.

T: You have just released a video for your single “Love Moves,” which features interpretive dancer, Meghan Sanett. Why did you choose to do this treatment for the video?

EG: The song, while deeply personal, is actually sung from an emotionally detached place. It’s almost matter-of-fact. With Meghan, we were able to have her act out the emotional character whilst the band and I narrated.

T: I appreciate the lyrics in “Love Moves” as well: you seem to suggest that love operates by the first law of thermodynamics, where love can change form but it never disappears. What inspired you to write this song?

EG: THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS SUGGESTING! Good Job! This song was about my first serious relationship but from a place of distance because I didn’t actually write it until a couple years later, and this was my realization after the dust had settled. I like it because I think it is a realization a lot of us come to in our mid-20s, that love is not black and white, there aren’t any objective rules.

T: I loved your spread in Yay LA, featuring those beautiful art house photos of you and your guitar. Will there be a visual element incorporated into your live shows as well?

EG: Sarah Abramson is a wonderful photographer! I definitely keep the visual aspect of performances in mind, after all it is just that, a performance. I do what I can do within my financial abilities. I have big, huge ideas in mind for the future when I can hopefully have some money behind me to go into live production but for know those are just dreams…and secret! I like to dress up a bit and where I can I like to have projected visuals on the band.

Emily Gold for YayLA

Photo by Sarah Elise Abramson

T: In what I have read, you seem to be very connected to LA. How does the city influence your music? Specifically, how did it affect Recluse?

EG: I grew up in LA and because of the personal nature of my songs and my anthropologic tendencies, I think my music reflect this city’s culture. The disappointment of flakiness, the tacky mysticism that can be really fun like claiming you’ve seen a UFO and seeing psychics (which I have), the frustration of traffic and heartbreak, and the chronic hope that this city doesn’t often get credit for. The album was actually named Recluse out of a feeling of alienation in this city, by people I thought were friends and mainly through my own insecurities. The title track is an anti-love song for LA. But I think the album resolves itself and becomes more of a coming-of-age type thing rather than a cynical bummer of an album. It turns out the themes I touched on with Recluse are feelings that many of my international contemporaries felt as well, so rather than it being city-specific, I now understand it was about youth. Now I’m a couple years older and turns out I fucking love Los Angeles.