On the heels of his critically-acclaimed debut album riverrun, Jeff Symonds returns with the first of several new singles. Excerpted from riverrun’s epic track “Three Portraits,” “Emily” is a song about what gets said, unsaid, and implied in a relationship that isn’t working. “This is one of the older songs on riverrun and is definitely rooted in personal experience,” says Symonds. “I hope it threads the needle between genuine frustration and a tongue-in-cheek good laugh about the ridiculousness of some of your relationships when you’re young. It’s about finding a way to dance all over your problems.” Symonds plays almost every note on the track, but is joined by James DePrato for some tasty lead guitar, and by Rich Price and Megan Slankard on backing vocals. “The ‘Ooooh’ that Rich and Megan do before the guitar solo is my favorite part, though I also love how the drums turned out—apparently, I love that song ‘Mickey’ more than I realized,” says Symonds. The accompanying DIY video was edited by Jeff’s friend Matt Langlois, aka The Welcome Matt. Unabashedly catchy, “Emily” sounds best cranked up in a convertible, but will work anywhere you listen to music.
For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jeff will perform at an album release concert on Sept. 30 at The Ivy Room.