"This is utterly sensational!" Stephen McCauley, BBC Radio Ulster
"Very special Vessels remix, ... ticks all of the right boxes for this fan and follower." Headphone Commute
"With I Put a Flame in Your Heart, Emery delivers a late summer gem while whetting our appetites for whatever he might next have in the works." Stationary Travels
UK composer Matt Emery follows his extraordinarily beautiful debut album Empire (September 2017) with a brand new single, ‘I Put a Flame in Your Heart’. Released digitally on September 7th 2018 via Injazero Records, the single is a delicate piano composition featuring a wave of 8 pianos meandering through the piece in a wistful and atmospheric mood, delivered with the sombre grace of heavyweights such as Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds and Chilly Gonzales.
The full band version sees Emery's music swell with frantic drums, throbbing synths and a full choir culminating in an expansive interpretation, more aggressive in comparison to his gentle and intricate modern classical piano and string repertoire. It fuses the post rock intensity and epic feel of bands like Mogwai and Sigur Ros, while the energetic live drums and piano loops bring to mind DJ Shadow.
Completing the three-track release is the stunning remix by currently one of the UK’s most exciting electronic bands Vessels, who put their gritty and glitchy spin on the original à la Jon Hopkins, Rival Consoles and Kiasmos.
Emery's debut album Empire received significant radio support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Ulster & Foyle, KEXP, Radio X, Soho Radio and Amazing Radio. Empire also gained notable online praise and recognition from the likes of XLR8R, the 405, Clash, Self-titled Mag, The Ransom Note and Headphone Commute, with quotes ranging from “Stunning and deeply emotive” to “A proper piano album, one which you must surely fall in love with.”
In 2017, Emery sold out his debut headline show at St Pancras Old Church, with 2018 seeing him play at well-renowned venues Union Chapel and Queen Elizabeth Hall. He has also supported a wide range of artists including Vessels, Portico, Cosmo Sheldrake, Throwing Snow, Three Trapped Tigers, Kevin Devine and Poppy Ackroyd.
Emery’s profile as a composer has benefitted from many placements across cinema and television, providing soundtracks for companies like Hugo Boss, BT Sports, BBC’s Top Gear, Matador Network, Visit California, Ford, Giles Miller Studio and accumulating an incredible 30 million views on YouTube for his GoPro online ads. He recently composed the score for the trailer of the feature film ‘The Escape’, starring Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper and released in cinemas in the UK on August 3rd.