The new single from Dallas singer-songwriter, Emmeline, explodes likes a flash of light jolting a dark, abandoned city restlessly moving in the depths of the night. “Superheroes” believes in perseverance like a powerfully cosmic phenomenon, even when triumph seems hidden within a blackened sky. Empowering vocals swell with confidence against a fusion of strings and keys that take flight into the cosmos. The piano-driven pop ballad is the first single off the upcoming album, RISE, out March 15. Listen here
“Superheroes” takes off in full force like a dazzling comet reviving everything its light touches. An empowering ballad of resilience, Emmeline sings, “We’ll just climb ‘till we’re shining like diamonds…We’re gonna be superheroes// We can’t do it all, but we’ll start out small.” It is a reminder that the light within oneself is, in fact, enough to shed the darkness. The single opens with faint sounds of a city, still and unbothered, while the stamp of footsteps grows heavily, embarking into the night. Sweltering like a layer of fog, rich piano maneuvers its way around the corners of skyscrapers and streetlights. Emmeline’s prolific vocals cut through the fog like a potent glow reflecting off of the soaring ball of fire above. As the comet passes over the entire cityscape, the track is infused with energy, building in production and instrumentation. Bombastic drums combine with electric guitar to make the city come to life.
Each song on RISE encompasses its own complete voice. The discoveries are endless, telling the listener different stories each time a track is explored. Extensive production sets the album apart from Emmeline’s previous releases. Like “Superheroes”, the instrumentation on the album builds and grows with an outpouring of emotions in times where one feels like they are truly being tested by the world. Five years in the making, it wasn’t completed without hindrance. Finishing the album felt like spraining an ankle in the last seconds of the race and limping towards the finish line, and this foreshadowing of the meaning of the album as a whole played a key factor in the album title. Emmeline states, “This record is about getting past your pain by working through it and realizing that there is so much joy on the other side.”