EP Review: Emerson Snowe – That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Brisbane's Emerson Snowe (the moniker of Jarrod Mahon) reflects on love and self-doubt on his impressive debut EP That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll. Written between 2015 and 2017, the EP spans seven tracks that are expressive and personal. Good for the soul, the EP's radiance will send you into a state of pure euphoria.

The EP opens up with 'Human', which was recently released as a single. The catchy track has a gravitating presence and you'll instantly latch onto its catchy chorus. Despite the buoyancy of 'Human', it's a reflective track about his relationship with his parents. Next up, 'Our Home', opens with the words, "When I walk around there's a beating drum in the back of my mind and it's you // it doesn't sound bad and it keeps me going cause I know I'm gonna meet you soon." Full of warmth, 'Our Home' features passionate strumming, which only elevates the emotional impact of his words. 'If I Die, Then I Die' is the oldest track on the EP. The bittersweet and stirring number explores acceptance and self-realisation.

'Boy In Control' sees him contrast summery instrumentals with words about losing grip. The track is about feeling excited to see someone that you haven't seen in a little while but you're also battling internal battles. 'Could You Love Me?' sounds quiet and meditative like a lullaby. Raw and honest, on this song he sings words such as, "I'll introduce you to my room and I'll show you all my favourite things / I'll tell you stories from my past and how I was drinking." Despite the beaming nature of 'Sunlight', his words portray a feeling of being overwhelmed by the ways of the world, as well as the acknowledgement that things can get better. That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll ends with 'You Say', which evokes a sense of freedom and release.

Emerson Snowe's debut EP allows listeners to step inside his mind and connect with the very real internal battles he reflects on. Cathartic and poignant, it's a complete project that will strike a chord with anyone who has been left bewildered by life and its many twists and turns.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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Live dates:
May 16th - The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
May 22nd - The Islington, London
May 24th - La Boule Noire, Paris
May 25th - London Calling, Amsterdam
July 4th - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
July 5th - Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
July 7th - North Gong, Wollongong
July 11th - Upstairs @ The Tote, Melbourne
July 13th - The Bearded Lady, Brisbane

Watch the video for 'Our Home':