Premiere: Gareth Emery shares debut vocal track, ‘Sad Song’
With four studio albums and a natural tendency to sell out headlining shows to his name, Gareth Emery has spent the years that followed 2004’s 30 Trance Anthems compilation LP cultivating an electronic legacy that seems only to deepen by the day. Throughout this stretch of time, though, he’s been anything but complacent. He’s channeled his creativity to the memoir format for My Life in Lasers, tackled technical strategy for the international Laserface tour, and even engaged with parody on his television stint, CVNT5. Adding to Emery’s list of experimental endeavors is “Sad Song.”
A lyrical reflection on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the music industry in 2020, “Sad Song” is a step in a different stylistic direction in the broader context of Emery’s catalog in that the single—Emery’s first of 2021—uses his own vocals for the very first time. Sure to spark wonder that Emery had not yet applied his vocal signature sooner, “Sad Song” and its mellow makeup seamlessly underscore the expanse of Emery’s ability. Though “Sad Song” will formally release on January 22, listeners can stream it one day early, exclusively on Dancing Astronaut.
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