About Emily Isherwood
I am a songwriter, musician and singer from Manchester, UK. Currently, I'm living in Bristol. Before releasing under my own name, I played in a number of bands across the south west of England.
Since 2010, I have composed music for various leading UK television advertisements, providing production, arrangement, vocal and guitar performance.
I have worked largely as a session vocalist and writer for downtempo electronic producers. Most frequently with Manchester based re:tract, featuring on the album 'Do Not Eat This Record', and performing live alongside Mr Scruff and Andreya Triana.
My first original work emerged as Ema Sierra, which evolved into a solely live performance project, sharing stages with artists such as Marika Hackman, Ben Howard and Wolf Alice. The project began as a solo work, but evolved into a four piece band.
With Skeleton Frames I released a 7" single titled 'Leech' onto hand cut clear vinyl, with Art Is Hard in 2016. “Brazen frankness and arresting musicianship” - Bristol In Stereo
In the same year, with Rink, I released a self-titled single to the Howling Owl sampler cassette (HOWL046 Visual Noise Vol. 3). "...how many bands offer the audience crisps halfway through their set?" - Vulture Hound
My first solo release was a limited run (25) 4 track cassette titled 'Demos EP' with Breakfast Records in 2017. It was later released digitally under the title of the opening track, 'When The Half Moon Strobes'. "One of the most popular and stylistically distinctive new vocalists in Bristol" - The Bristol Germ
In 2018, my debut full band work 'Calibrate' was released as a digital single through Art Is Hard, with artwork by Rachel Birke of LA band Lunch Lady.
Throughout the summer of 2018, I recorded 'Distant Television Studios' in my living room and studio in central Bristol. The record consists of 6 tracks, released July 2019 on 12" vinyl (pastel and black 180g editions) with Breakfast Records. Pastel versions limited to a pressing of 300. The EP was mixed by Benji Compston (Jelly Boy, Happyness). Art prints by Molly Davies.
During 2020, I recorded new solo work at Real World, in Box, which is to be released in 2022.
"Mazzy Star, The Sundays, Julien Baker are all in the mix, but Emily is breaking out from every pigeonhole reviews endeavour to put her in, and making some of the best music the city has to offer" - The Bristol Magazine