Better is the latest track from Scottish singer-songwriter Emaé, a look into her new album which will be released later this year. The artist takes inspiration from soul, gospel and pop. Composing this song herself, it is a reflection on her life. Emaé has made waves previously in the industry with her single Something Beautiful in 2015 and has since received praise from MTV The Wrap Up, Soulbounce USA, BBC 6 and MOBO. The music video was mastered by Mark Allaway (Newton Faulkner, Jess Glynn) and Alex Balzama, with the video shot and edited by Joe Almond (Sofar Sounds).
Better begins with soft sustained piano chords and Emaé’s graceful vocals soaring from high to low notes without hesitation. The track stays this way, with no other instruments or voices added which is reflected in the simplicity of the video. What struck me about this artist is that she has acquired quite a command of vocal phrasing. Not only are there slight differences in intensity from one section to another, but within each melodic phrase. This sort of skill can take years to master, and Emaé has clearly done so. She has a great feel for the music as well, knowing when to sing flowery notes that require an insane amount of vocal control, but also when to just let a note ring true.
In a few words, this track is simple, intimate and heartfelt. It’s definitely a song I’ll be putting on repeat. I give it 10/10.