EMILY ROBB -- If I Am Misery Then Give Me Affection (Petty Bunco)
The fantastic new album from tireless seeker Emily Robb. It’s a no-frills, high-minded celebration of guitar and sound and tone and string and amp and adventure committed to tape at Emily’s own Suddenly Studio in Philadelphia in fits and spurts stretching over 2022/23. These are economical tunes of utter trance and tightrope pulsations, with a fearless spirit and a devotion to energy and personality that digs into previously untapped mines. With zero fuss and pomp, “If I Am Misery Then Give Me Affection” builds a wholly new palette of expression, and Emily follows her Les Paul like it’s a divining rod. It’s anyone’s guess where it points next, but we’re all fortunate enough to be invited along for the ride.
--Petty Bunco warehouse manager
"If I Am Misery Then Give Me Affection" pulls further on the thread Emily started with "How to Moonwalk," a stripped-down "when in doubt leave it out" approach that leaves the essentials...guitar/amp/electricity. What more do you want??
Where How to Moonwalk feels like it almost aggressively cuts away all of the other elements you'd expect in a rock setting…"If I Am Misery Then Give Me Affection," recorded by Emily at her own Suddenly Studio, is more laid back, the pieces feel like they don't really have a beginning or end, but that we have been dropped into the middle with an invitation to imagine them as they really are, stretching out endlessly in both directions. Mind-erasing rock riff as forever playing loop, the neverending throb of a runout groove, skuzzy and beautiful, edited here only for the sake of space and time. There's an intimacy to the tracks, as if we the listeners are eavesdropping on someone playing for the sake of playing and enjoying it as such without any kind of concern for formality....a real looseness that invites you in to experience the sound of the guitar for its own sake. The guitar is skeletal but little sounds like the pick on the strings or a finger moving along a fret are given equal footing in the mix and all of a sudden we are there in the room with Emily. Fuzz, repetition, amp hum and before you know it it's over and yr flipping it again and again and again and again and again.
--Bill Nace Philadelphia PA 2023
released October 6, 2023
Recorded and Mixed by Emily in Philadelphia, PA at Suddenly Studio 2022/23
Mastered by Mikey Young
Artwork by Alina Josan