Alt-pop teen artist Emmrose shares her debut EP Hopeless Romantics with the world today. A deeply personal collection of songs reflect on love, heartbreak, and finding your own happiness. Emmrose delivers intense, poetic lyrics and catchy pop melodies, immersing listeners into a deeply emotive world of her own.
Stageright Secrets premiered the release, noting how Emmrose “captures your entire attention and takes you on a warm and mellow ride through life and love, lulling you with a melancholy that one doesn’t expect to hear from an artist this young.” Only sixteen years old, Emmrose opens her heart, embracing intense emotions with honest introspection.
“Don’t let bad people stay in your life,” reflected Emmrose, speaking both on the content of the EP and her own experiences. “It is possible to move on and find happiness. Don’t let the pain of life over come you and take away your spirit. It’s possible to overcome it. It’s okay to be sad, but just know that this sadness isn’t really ‘you’, and your attachment to people isn’t happy and you can move on.” While much of the material reflects on heartache and heartbreak, the ultimate message is one of hope, and learning how to find a way to move on.
Hopeless Romantics embraces the idea of interwoven emotions, memories, and experiences, acknowledging how they can continue to impact an individual as they try to move forward in finding their own happiness. “The song ‘Takes Me Back’ was written a while after I wrote ‘Five Months’ even though it is heard as an intro to the song,” shared Emmrose. “I thought it fit well since it is the memory of what had taken place in the lyrics of ‘Five Months’. It was a pretty dark time for me, and the audio effects highlight the lyrics so well. I’m really proud of that track.”
Much of her lyrical and musical inspiration comes while writing alone at home. “I’ll either play chords that come to me, or a melody that’s been ringing in my head. Sometimes I write down lyrics and then set it to music,” said Emmrose. Over the course of the past year, she recorded Hopeless Romantics, and a surge of new material with producer/engineer Michael Abiuso (Behind the Curtains Media). “I’ve been working with Michael a lot more, and it’s been really exciting,” said Emmrose, reflecting on her growth. “While experimenting with sounds in the studio, we often find ourselves working on individual creations until ready to share, we then combine ideas to make something really great. Mike will often suggest some crazy ideas, like having me pick up and play an accordion, or belt lyrics into the bell of a tuba as a vocal effect. We always find ourselves doing something kooky and fun in the studio.” Their collaborative efforts showcases itself with intricate details on every track, further accenting her soaring vocals.
A junior at LaGuardia High School in New York City, Emmrose admits her mind isn’t always on music – with the pressures of school and college admissions looming over her heard, and the daily interpersonal and social pressures of her age. Her single “Don’t Go” was written as a response to her observance of peers’ mental health struggles including anxiety, depression and suicide. A planned benefit concert for The Imogen Foundation was unfortunately cancelled last week due to COVID-19 concerns, but the message remains the same, of providing a lifeline of communication and positivity for teens. She hopes to re-book a future benefit show in support, and regularly performs throughout NYC.