IFC Premieres Striking Self-Directed Video for "Passenger" by Emily Wells

Mama LP Out Next Week On Partisan Records, Album Release Show April 9th at Bowery Ballroom

WATCH: "Passenger" video via YouTube / via Vimeo / via IFC
DOWNLOAD: "Passenger (Kid Koala Remix)" via direct mp3 / via Prefix
DOWNLOAD: "Passenger" direct mp3

Emily Wells is a performer, producer, singer and composer known for her varied use of classical and modern instrumentation as well as her deft approach to live sampling at shows. Classically trained as a violinist, she also plays drums, keys, beat machines and whatever else she can fit in her road case.  These talents are showcased on her forthcoming album, Mama, out April 10th on Partisan Records.  Wells recently put the finishing touches on the video for "Passenger," a striking, self-directed video that she says "is a collection of short videos taken while touring, moving postcards of light and wind."  IFC premiered the video, which you can see here.  She recently announced an additional string of Spring tour dates, hitting Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Seattle, and many other cities.  Of course, she'll be having her official Album Release Show at the Bowery Ballroom next week (April 9th) in New York, with Dan the Automator and Live Footage.

Already amassing a large following over the years from a truly DIY approach that caught the attention of major outlets such as Spin, NPR, and Last Call with Carson Daly, it's no surprise that Emily Wells has some pretty intriguing collaborations up her sleeve. Already announced is the collaborative duo with Dan the Automator called Pillowfight, but remixes are in the works from the likes of Baths, The Blow, Teen Daze, and Dan the Automator himself. Stay tuned.

Click Here for IFC's Premiere of Emily Wells' "Passenger" Video"
Upcoming Emily Wells Live Dates
Wednesday, April 4th - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse***
Thursday, April 5th - Ithaca, NY @ Lot 10***
Friday, April 6th - Hamden, CT @ The Outer Space***
Monday, April 9th - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (Album Release Show)****
Wednesday, April 11th - Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live***
Thursday, April 12th - Arlington, VA @ Iota Cafe (w. Lake Street Dive)
Friday, April 27th - Buffalo, NY @ The Ninth Ward
Tuesday, May 1st - Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar*
Thursday, May 3rd - Madison, WI @ The Majestic*
Friday, May 4th - Chicago, IL @ Schubas*
Saturday, May 5th - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre*
Sunday, May 6th - Lexington, KY @ Natasha's Bistro
Tuesday, May 8th - St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House*
Wednesday, May 9th - Columbia, MO @ Mojo's*
Friday, May 11th - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre*
Sunday, May 13th - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom*
Tuesday, May 15th - Los Angeles, CA @ Largo at the Coronet*
Wednesday, May 16th - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place*
Thursday, May 17th - San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall*
Saturday, May 19th - Davis, CA @ Sophia's Thai Kitchen*
Thursday, May 31st - Bellingham, WA @ The Shakedown
Friday, June 1st - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile (early show)
Saturday, June 2nd - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Sunday, June 3rd - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
Saturday, June 9th - Spokane, WA @ Elk Fest
* w/ Portland Cello Project
*** w/ Live Footage
**** w/ Live Footage, Dan the Automator (DJ Set)
Additional Info on Emily Wells:
Born to a music minister in Amarillo, Texas, Wells began learning violin at 4 at a community college. The family later moved to Indianapolis, where she discovered Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and Biggie Smalls and gradually moved from the Suzuki method to songwriting, guitars and home recording. Releasing her own music from a young age, Wells learned to keep her work close, and toured independently while developing her palate and performance across the U.S. It was in a humble garage studio in Los Angeles that Wells' recorded her 2008 breakthrough album, The Symphonies: Dreams Memories & Parties.

Three years later, Wells returns with Mama, a collection of songs as richly hued as ever, but imbued with a newfound warmth no doubt owing to the space it was conceived in. Wells rented a tiny cabin on a Topanga Canyon horse ranch and went to work, producing Mama and playing most of the instruments herself (with a little help from longtime touring companions, drummer Sam Halterman and bassist Joey Reina). She recorded the raw tracks to tape without punch-ins or loops, often in one take. In contrast to The Symphonies, these songs are less conceptual and experimental in both sound and content, and more traditional and universal in structure and the studies of love and grief. 2012 will find Wells touring behind Mama, and preparing for the release of Pillowfight, her long whispered-about collaboration with legendary producer Dan The Automator.

Emily Wells
Out April 10th on Partisan Records

Piece of It
Dirty Sneakers and Underwear
Passenger (free download)
Mama's Gonna Give You Love
Johnny Cash's Mama's House
Let Your Guard Down
Fire Song
No Good

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