Emma Kupa, former Standard Fare front woman, releases her first solo material on wiaiwya in March 2015.
Home Cinema is a mini album; six songs of spritely jangle-folk-indie-country, about family, death, drink problems, holocaust survivors and communism.
Home Cinema is a succinct, catchy and honest record; it feels like Emma is entrusting you with her closest family secrets, but - damn her - she’s putting them to a tune so infectious there’s nothing you can do to keep them to yourself. Home Cinema features six earworms about members of Emma’s family:
“Katie was my grandmother's cousin who I struck up a friendship with and visited before she died; she had very blue eyes. Charlie was my grandad and a handsome Jewish communist. ‘There Will Come A Day’ is about my mum; she is the serious looking twin on the record’s cover. Her mother (on the far left) died when she was 5.”
Emma has assembled a magnificent band to complement her distinct and expressive vocals on Home Cinema, and they make this record so much more than your indie standard (ahem) fare. Each song is fleshed out by Laura “Ankles” Coles (currently in EIGHT other bands!) on banjo, bass and belt slapping, Mark Boxall on drums and percussion, and Without Feather’s Rory McVicar’s lovely skipping guitar parts.
Emma stepped into the limelight as the lead singer, bass player and songwriter for much loved (and missed) indie heroes Standard Fare, and has since been a front woman in Without Feathers, Mammoth Penguins and the Hayman Kupa Band. What she lacks in quality band names she more than makes up for in intensely personal and irresistibly hummable pop tunes.
There is an album launch gig at the Lexington in London on Thursday 19th March.