Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Pinball”?
Pinball is about a night I travelled 5 hours to play pinball with someone I had to see again. It’s about finding a love that you hope can outlast fear, pain and the tendency to repeat old habits or love story your parents taught you.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
Yea, the pinball game at Ground Kontrol Arcade in Portland is exactly what the song is about – the moment – the night I fell deeply in love with someone I barely knew. I found myself in rom-com – still in it.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was over 100 degrees with no air conditioning in the motel. They kept covering the car with towels so I could sit on it – everybody melted including my poor dog.
The single comes off your new album April – what’s the story behind the title?
The album is about an April to an April. I gave up almost everything I owned April 1st, put my life into a suitcase and started exploring the world, what it means to be fulfilled, to love someone, and to be content any where you are. I wrote songs about the year and finished recording them April 16th. Seemed right to call it April. The month of April also feels half sunny / half rainy to me and the album feels just the same.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote the first two songs on the album when 604 Records paired me up with La+ch in Toronto. I had a very strong feeling to go back and write more but I didn’t know we would write an album in 3 weeks. It was just him and I in a small apartment studio and the first few songs we just wrote the vibe of whatever the weather was. I had nothing planned – I could only tell the stories I had in the moment.
How did your time travelling the world get to influence your music and the writing?
I’ve never written so geographically – I feel like I didn’t write songs – just told stories about the year, the places and the feelings.
As your previous material major recognition – were you any nervous or feel any pressure when working on the new material?
I am very nervous around releases only because I feel naked on the internet – I have nothing to hide behind, I’m telling my stories so blatantly now. I think it’s my job to keep being honest and if music changes with that, no problem, no pressure, no rules.
What is it about April that you choose to focus on this month in particular?
It was the month I changed everything and the month I finished telling the story about the year I changed everything.
What aspect of this month and love did you get to explore on this record?
In terms of mood – there is real cloudy pain, loss, grief and there is also sunny, pure bliss and dream-like love on the record.
As for love – half the record is about love – the dreamy, falling, deeply devoted, change the way you see the world, kinder to strangers kind of love.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes – hang tight.
What else is happening next in Emily Rowed’s world?
I’m writing new songs in Nashville and waking up next to the Pinball man every day.