Austin’s own rock ‘n’ roll songstress Emily Bell announces the upcoming release of her new EP “Kali” with her band, Emily Bell & The Talkbacks. Set to be released on Friday, April 21, the five-song EP speaks to all things that Emily represents: female empowerment, passion and raw honesty. “This EP is me being brutally honest and following my heart as a lyricist,” says Bell. Her fiery and transformative energy shines through on every track of “Kali.” Emily and her band will be celebrating the release of the EP on Saturday, April 29 at 3TEN Austin City Limits Live, located at 310 W Willie Nelson Blvd. #1a, Austin, Texas 78701. Please see www.emilybell.com for more information.
Over the past few years, alt-rock artist Emily Bell has been on a path of glorious destruction, moving away from industry artistic paradigms to follow the music yelling at her from within. The Austin-based artist’s latest EP is titled, “Kali,” in reference to the Hindu Goddess of Destruction. Like its moniker suggests, it’s a boldly expressive release. It melds the swagger of garage rock with the textural possibilities of synthetic sounds for an empowering artistic statement. Central to Emily’s path has been a formative moment when she walked away from the allure of a career as a soul/R&B artist. At the time, she felt stifled by the stodgy female artist stereotypes that still existed in the industry. She relocated from Los Angeles to Austin to free herself. There she assembled a band, The Talkbacks, and began writing songs with a defiant emotionality. Her new music combined the dizzying beauty of her soul-influenced singing and songwriting with the sass and snarl of 1990s alt-rock and garage rock. In 2014, Emily unleashed her debut, “In Technicolor.” It garnered rave reviews from press and radio. In Austin, she was awarded “Best New Artist” by the Austin Music Awards. Select highlights during that album cycle include performances at SXSW, CMJ, and Float Fest. “Kali” is a different beast from its predecessor. It favors a rugged bottom end crafted from burly live drums layered, in parts, with programmed beats, and it embraces expansive synth textures. It’s an artistic breakthrough rooted in loss (a tragic death in the family) and enlightenment gleaned from two months spent in India where Emily learned of Kali, the Goddess Of Destruction. Kali’s power resonated with Emily because of her own passion and commitment for embodying, and furthering, strong female archetypes.