The first single to be taken from Emma’s forthcoming album ‘In Search of Harperfield’, due for release through Chemikal Underground on January 29th, 2016.
Emma Pollock: “Not a reference to the (highly recommended) US sitcom of the same name, but a long, hot summer summer of teenage turbulence. I grew up in Castle Douglas and, like most teenagers, spent a lot of my time hanging out in either one of the two local parks (the Top Park and the Bottom Park).
I remember in 1984 , when the country was in the grip of the miners’ strikes, me and my friends became embroiled in a summer-long ‘turf-war’ with the miners’ children who had been given a free holiday in the local caravan park. Cue failed getaways on bikes and punctured dinghies on Carlingwark Loch, most of which ended with the shit getting kicked out of me.”
Following the disbandment of The Delgados in 2005, the band Emma co-founded with her three fellow Chemikal Underground starter-uppers (Paul Savage, Alun Woodward, Stewart Henderson), Emma released her solo debut ‘Watch The Fireworks’ on 4AD. Returning to Chemikal for her next solo outing ‘The Law of Large Numbers‘ in 2010, Emma picked up more plaudits and acclaim for her unique brand of lavishly lyrical songwriting.
Then? Well, stints developing the Fruit Tree Foundation alongside Idlewild’s Rod Jones and playing a central role in The Burns Unit (who performed on Later…With Jools Holland) proved more than a little diverting since it’s been five and a half years since we had a new body of work. Until now that is as her new solo album ‘In Search of Harperfield‘ is scheduled for January 29th 2016.