The concept of time is one that fascinates Emilie Mover, from the microcosmic musical elements of rhythm and tempo to the history of the human experience and beyond. It’s one she explores in 1detail on her latest full-length Mighty Time – lyrically, thematically, and also musically through sounds borrowed from various decades, never getting lost in her travels.
The follow-up to 2010’s Seem So Long, Mighty Time is set for release in Spring 2013 through Nevado Records (Bahamas, Library Voices, Yukon Blonde) and showcases a far more eclectic side of this silky-voiced twenty-something, stemming from her recent focus on the latter half of her singer/songwriter title.
Bouncing between her adopted hometowns of Toronto and New York (she’s a native Montrealer), Mover spent much of her time between her latest LPs writing music for a myriad of projects and artists – from a children’s album to a full-length tribute to jazz innovator Peggy Lee. “I saw any opportunity to write songs as a new challenge,” she shares. Those opportunities included collaboration with the likes of Sandro Perri and Christine Bougie and ultimately helped further hone her craft. In addition to previous placements in programs like Grey’s Anatomy and ads for Telus and BlackBerry, Mover’s more recent output has been picked up by Dodge and Fisher Price for major spots. “It’s kind of like a puzzle,” she adds, “figuring out how to make a song work within much different sets of parameters.”
These recent experiences coupled with her array of existing influences – from smoky ‘60s jazz to modern dream pop and plenty in between – greatly informed her approach to writing for Mighty Time. “It’s clear I’m trying to open myself up to different types of songs,” she says of her latest –clear indeed.
The album was mainly written and tracked in various home studio spaces over the course of summer 2012. That relaxed and nurturing environment is audible in the album’s stunning use of space, conjuring classic recordings of the ‘40s and ‘50s and weaving through various genres, eras, and emotions without ever losing focus.
Songs like “Fishes”, upbeat indie pop with handclaps aplenty, and the bouncy “True Love” are as quirky as they are catchy, recalling days of singing in the rain and dancing with umbrellas. Conversely, the somber, smooth jazz-laced “You Don’t Treat Me Right” could silence a ‘70s New York speakeasy while “So Long Too Late” explores the dreamy sounds of modern synth pop, all sewn together by Mover’s matchless singing voice. Anchored in the allure of time but incorporating a wide array of attitudes, her lyrics flow from bleak to upbeat to bittersweet and back again. “The most important things are sometimes the most difficult to communicate,” she muses, recalling the care taken to relay those ideas without falling into cliché. The result is an effort as diverse thematically as it is musically. For the near future, Mover will be travelling tirelessly, sharing tracks from Mighty Time – or at least fresh incarnations of them – from every stage she can – sometimes joined by a backing band and sometimes by only a stool and six-string. Beyond that, through, she’s unsure of what time has in store – and isn’t concerned in the least.
The goal, she says, is simply to write songs and propel herself to new places. “Whatever happens, I’m ready. I’m always going to write songs and keep along the path before me, because I know there’s always something interesting waiting.”_