It's been a long time coming.
Emma Pollock last released a solo album almost five years ago, with the one-time The Delagados vocalist becoming strangely silent.
But now she's back. New single 'Parks And Recreation' arrives on January 22nd, and it's a punchy, direct return. As infectious as anything in her catalogue, 'Parks And Recreation' is packed with spiky guitars that manage to recall both her work with The Delagados and the likes of Kristin Hersh.
A literature return, yet also one absolutely packed with attitude, it finds Emma Pollock using memories from her childhood to forge a path to the future. Airing first on Clash, the Glasgow-based artist has also supplied the following quote:
"Not a reference to the (highly recommended) US sitcom of the same name, but a long, hot summer summer of teenage turbulence. I grew up in Castle Douglas and, like most teenagers, spent a lot of my time hanging out in either one of the two local parks (the Top Park and the Bottom Park)."
"I remember in 1984 , when the country was in the grip of the miners' strikes, me and my friends became embroiled in a summer-long 'turf-war' with the miners' children who had been given a free holiday in the local caravan park. Cue failed getaways on bikes and punctured dinghies on Carlingwark Loch, most of which ended with me getting the shit kicked out of me."
Check it out now.
Emma Pollock will release 'Parks And Recreation' through Chemikal Underground on January 22nd, with new solo album 'In Search Of Harperfield' to follow on January 29th.