Who Is Emerson Snowe?

Who Is Emerson Snowe?

Emerson Snowe is the moniker of Brisbane based artist/creator/musician Jarrod Mahon, a familiar name from his place in legend-pop-quartet The Creases, but who’s been low key making solo waves.  

“Emerson Snowe is a project that I have had for years, since I was in school. It has always been some form of an outlet of representing my ‘true’ self in a way. It started as a kind of heightened version of my self-awareness but overtime I’m finding it to become basically who I am as a person. This has given me the confidence I’ve always wanted to give my art and music,” explains Mahon.

Having just signed with Liberation Records, Emerson Snowe’s debut single ‘Could You Love Me?‘ is a ceremonious experimentation of expression and instrumental progression. Launching as a cinematic slow burner, the song takes an unpredictable turn with a piercing keychange that transforms a private piano session at home into something you’d experience at church. Contemporary percussion and the slightest brass section drive the single into a shimmering universe only to be brought back down to earth with the familiar opening keys, now closing the narrative.

“Everything about this is about my want to do things instantaneously as they come up in my head. The music is all written in under 20 minutes, that way everything is a running thought and I fully trust my first instincts when it comes to instrumentation or the simple use of my words rather than a constant layering. As I’m writing this I am 20 months without alcohol. The hangar it had on my life was unbelievable and for once I was actually able to believe in what I wanted to create physically and mentally. ‘Could You Love Me?’ is a fitting debut, the irony in it is that it has the feeling of how I felt before I had the self confidence in being comfortable with myself.

“I am still trying to find the right balance between being too self-deprecating on stage and being truly comfortable alone. But I’ve still got time to work on that.”

Charming yet somewhat unconventional, Snowe’s debut track through his newfound home at Liberation is an ode to his girlfriend Tina, which arrives complete with a self-directed video, which aces a certain fluidity and burst of colour.

Having already attracted the attention of many of his idols, including Ariel Pink, Courtney Barnett and King Krule – all of whom he has supported, Emerson Snow’s debut EP is due for release later this year. We’re predicting nothing in particular but we know it’ll be something only Emerson Snowe could conjure. 

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