Emilie Zoé - Hello Future Me
Back to the future
As I had adored The Very Start, I feared her new own album would be less good. Or maybe I wanted it to be less good?
Being so intellectually dishonest, I didn’t have to force myself too much to set this self-fulfilling prophecy up in my head. As a matter of fact, despite 2 pre-revealed tracks ("Hello Future Me" and "Parents' House"), both very good in different styles, the album release round the end of winter 2022 came amongst lots of other excellent records which took me up then. So I neglected Emilie Zoé in part.
As a concert was announced I came back to it.
Then, beyond its irresistible arpeggio, "Hello Future Me" confirmed the depth of its topic: the singer addresses her future self to tell about the current global situation headed for ruin and asking about the later situation. Moreover, as she says, speaking to the future is also like sending a prayer so that there is a future.
Then "Volcan" appeared to me like a terrific and powerful piece, the voice and the melody reminding me of Garbage’s heyday.
Then "Tidal Waves (Song for Lautrec)" became touching in its softness, supported by an unexpected metallophone.
Then the lyrics, including a very visual poetry, revealed worries as personal as universal. Aging in particular is mentioned several times.
Finally, less good than The Very Start or not, I don’t know. Whatever.
With its striking development and its breathless final, "Volcan" (why has it got a French word as title whereas the entire album is in English?) is actually not as long as it seems.
The longest one (6:45), far from commercial formats, is the one which gave its title to the album, "Hello Future Me". And you let yourself carried away on the waves of the chorus repeated over and over again by 3 mixed copies of Emilie Zoé (her and her future selves), against a backdrop of Louis Jucker’s cello. Magical.
In the reproach column though, I can’t help noticing an already seen idiosyncrasy of hers: a 2nd verse which only is the repetition of the 1st one ("I Saw Everything"). Pity.
Finally, to go beyond, if you don’t have enough, an addition of 5 songs from the same recording session, Hello Future Me - The Companion EP, is set to appear in November. Including the hit-like "Castle" and its jarring rhythmic part (at 3:20).
Hello Future Me
Roses on Fire
“I'm a woman with a teen in my voice at night” ("Volcan")