Los Angeles-based alternative rock band, Emarosa, are gearing up for the release of their new album Sting with the fourth and final single “Again”. Tinged with retro 80’s influences and sleek modern production, it’s a song that instantly transports you to from mundane to party mode.
Full of cascading synthesizers and a steady backbeat, this is pop at its most dreamy. With the imagery of cruising around in a convertible with the top down, you can feel a sense of romanticism like gazing upon a sunsetting horizon. At the heart of the lyrics is someone who has just experienced a radical shift in perspective. A shock to the system that has reframed their outlook on life.
“Sometimes there’s a flame you thought went out” says vocalist Bradley Scott, “and somehow, someway despite your best efforts it catches fire again. It was a very honest and vulnerable song. I was actually driving on the 405 and saw my life flash before my eyes when I wrote it. I was listening to the instrumental trying to write and I zoned out. Had to swerve and pull over to collect myself. I put the whole thing in the song.”
As the song ends, we get a nice sense of closure with the lyrics coming to a focused determination to get someone back. “I think I’m in love again” Scott sings through the outro, showing that this new outlook has made him more ready than ever to make things work with someone he deeply cares for. It’s a nice reminder that routinization can skew the way we view ourselves in relationship to the people around us. Emarosa manages to bring this important message through music that is deeply personal and endlessly danceable.
“Again” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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