Alongside the electric counterpoints she’s provided to Philadelphia songwriter Alex G‘s most addled ballads, Emily Yacina has spent the last few years forging an interstellar identity under her own name. The Brooklyn-based songwriter, like Alex, has a treasure trove of dusty, strings-squeaking recordings that she’s been crafting and uploading to Bandcamp since 2010 (when she was only 14). But she’s recently gone otherworldly. Earlier this year a brief EP called Pull Through, doused her indie-pop optimism in buckets of reverb that rendered her simple songs as distended drones more like Grouper, Julianna Barwick or New York experimentalist Foxes in Fiction — delirious compositions coming from the other room or beyond the grave or even the very vacuum of space.
She’s set to release another short collection of alien rounds called Soft Stuff on December 11 and after sharing the blunt first single “Loser,” she returns today with “Gone.” Built around a circular acoustic guitar line, her vaporous vocals threaten to dissipate into their component parts she sings about the art of slow disappearance (“Running out of time I am gone now,” “She becomes nothing”). It’s beautifully dire and comforting in its obscurity, the sort of song that feels unearthly in spite of its ostensibly human constructions. Listen here alongside a few upcoming tour dates.
Soft Stuff is out December 11.
November 30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right*
December 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades^
* = w/ Field Trip, Dreamcrusher, & The Shacks
^ = w/ Small Wonder, Swoon Lake, Aviva Skye