Very few artists can cradle your heart in their hands while they kick your ass, but musician and mother of three, Emily Lubitz is striding out on her own and is excited to share her debut solo endeavour Begin Again EP that was released on 4 November.
With that timeless, aching quality that only great voices have, Lubitz is every singer’s favourite singer. This captivating live performer has won the hearts of audiences worldwide, yet she is more priestess than a popstar, creating her own iconography that sears itself into the listener’s imagination. Telling stories about everyday things, her voice transfigures them into works of beauty, like a messy bedroom suffused with golden morning light.
Begin Again often surprises with commonplace images from domestic life that rear up out of the darkness, saturated by a strange poetic force. Emily’s collection of songs tells stories of the everyday uncanny; on the first single ‘Like I Do’ she evokes the gravitational pull of love; ‘Foolish Kids’ sears your soul with strong imagery and sorrowful lyrics; but Lubitz also soothes and heals through the trusting acceptance of the title track ‘Begin Again’. Whether dreaming of how Beyoncé tours in ‘What She’s Got’, or ‘Sinking Ships’ describing the unveiled honesty in a long-term relationship, Begin Again shows the heart-wrenching and heartwarming experience of being human.
Emily Lubitz, with support by Mr Rhodes, is playing the Byron Theatre on Friday at 7.30pm. Tickets: byroncentre.com.au