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Emily Wells releasing ‘Promise,’ touring in 2016 (dates & new song stream)

by Andrew Sacher

photo by Shervin Lainez
Emily Wells

Emily Wells, who’s been combining a hip hop influence with string-laden baroque pop for years (it makes sense that she’s collaborated with both Dan the Automator and Clint Mansell), will release her new album Promise on January 29 via Thesis & Instinct. We’ve got the premiere of “You Dream of China,” which is a really nice sounding song that’s right up her unique alley. Emily tells us:

This was one of the last songs I wrote for the album after returning from a bizzare/life altering trip to Beijing and Ordos (a “ghost town” google it!) in Inner Mongolia where I naively went to play a festival that ended in a monsoon and a nearly apocalyptic new world view on the fate of the planet. I kept dreaming of it after I left, not just the place but the history I had a sudden voracious curiosity for. Being there was a mirror for all of my own want and carelessness and disposable way of life. I wanted to stop wanting so much.

Listen and check out the album artwork below.

Emily will also be touring in 2016, including a NYC show happening February 4 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Emily Wells

Emily Wells — 2016 Tour Dates
2/2 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
2/3 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
2/4 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
2/5 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddly
2/8 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
2/10 – Houston, TX – Rudyard’s
2/11 – Ft. Worth, TX – Lola’s
2/12 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Jr.
2/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
2/16 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
2/17 – Los Angeles, CA – The El Rey
2/18 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
2/19 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
2/20 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
2/23 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door
2/24 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
2/25 – Boise, IN – Neurolux
2/26 – Boise, IN – Cinder Winery
2/27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
3/2 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake
3/3 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
3/4 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
3/5 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar
3/6 – St. Louis, MO – The Luminary
3/9 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
3/10 – Indianapolis, IN – White Rabbit Cabaret
3/11 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
3/12 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s

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