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.

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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