Emma Russack started recording her third album early last year with housemate Joe Walker from King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard intending to just tinker away at it between classes for a law degree and her waitressing job. But then one frosty morning, Creative Victoria emailed her to announce that she’d won a grant that she’d forgotten applying for after the release of 2014’s You Changed Me.
With surprise grant money, Russack made a significant change in her approach to the record and bunkered down in a proper studio with producer John Lee (Mountains In The Sky, Beaches, The Ocean Party). The results can be heard on the new album, In a New State, which will be released on Friday, June 10 via Spunk Records.
Read Emma’s track by track guide to the album below for stories about Bloody Marys, sex, old boyfriends, Shirley Maclaine, Sgt. Pepper style backing vocals and Springsteen vibes.