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A fluid that has no viscosity is referred to as being Superfluid. Unhampered by friction, it flows indefinitely, and is ever-changing.

Superfluid, the debut LP by Emme, is a fresh meditation on movement and the apparent duality that propels us: an ever-changing spectrum of superficial tendencies, and a mysterious core which is at peace, infinitely still.

Superfluid presents several shades of nature and the human experience. There’s the lush, overflowing warmth you feel from friends for whom you can safely reveal your whole self, as explored in the synth-drenched melodies of “Grey” and “Motioncure.” There’s the dark, resigned cynicism that can only come from falling prey to the worst in others, as explored in “Unravel,” hushed, driving, and simultaneously beautiful and foreboding. There are moments of exuberant joy, tender stillness, wild dance breaks, lush chords, jagged beats –– a wash of liquid sound, emotion, and reflection.

Through this ocean of ever-changing experience, we search for that which is still, constant, true. From Superfluid’s opening track, “Whiteout”: though the snow is deep / feel my tracks come clean / turn the white noise down / ‘till I’m melting down / into silence.

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released December 6, 2019

All songs written/produced by Emme

spoken word in "Motioncure" by Erica Saucedo

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Emme Austin, Texas

Emme is the duo of Sowmya Somanath and Walter Nichols, formed in 2016 after years of bonding and binging on pizza and Spongebob episodes. The two swiftly realized their unique, complementary dynamic, Somanath having been trained in melodic Indian vocals and Nichols in western classical composition, and couldn’t help but explore this synthesis in the context of songwriting. ... more

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Track Name: Whiteout
Voice inside
If you’re left behind
How quickly you wind
Twisting in time
Oh my
I’m swimming in vines
Come get me out

I drive at night
Colors pull my eyes
With no one to talk
But my shaking heart
I slip inside
Oh what I find in the dark
Is beyond me

I don’t mind what’s in my mind
I don’t mind what’s in my mind
Though it hurts sometimes
Well, the snow is deep
Feel my tracks come clean
Turn the white noise down
‘Till I’m melting down
Into silence

Voice inside
Voice inside
Oh my
Oh m
Track Name: Grey
One day, one day without you is grey
One hour, one hour without your smile is plain
My world, my world is upside down when you’re away

Did I ever tell you that my day
Tends to float on something so vague
‘Till you pull up, it’s strange
Like that night, you wore my clothes and I did your hair
I swear
It’s like we’re livin’ in one skin

One day, one day my head and my heart feel astray
You say, you say let’s turn it up and hit play
Okay
And there you are in the crowd
My heart just melted but I’ll sing you a song
My heart just melted but I’ll sing you a song
My heart just melted but I’ll sing you a song
Track Name: Wake
Have you ever seen limber bodies
Roll together like the breeze?
Moving like a thought
Come to shift as if they’re taught
Tiny parts to one machine
In the deep blue -green
Spheres of silver turn to shimmer
Like a dream
See a face unrecognized
Just hit reverse and don’t collide
Or you’ll end up right in between

We step, we fall
We swerve apart
And when we go down
We hold our mouths
We come, we go
So high and low
Farther we slip
The wilder our formation

Have you wondered why we are so inclined
To cling to a thing until we die?
Even if it means we are swept away
From light or what’s on the other side
We go, “we know, we know, we know, we know
Back up––follow, follow our step, let’s go”
But I just wanna float
Not wind up on the shore
Or drift into the no man’s land
I can straight glide, gently through the tide
Smooth as a dancer, hey
Let’s break down, down and out
Find our way
In a spill of thoughts, which is right or wrong?
What is truth or just contraire?

We step, we fall
We swerve apart
And when we go down
We hold our mouths
We come, we go
So high and low
Farther we slip
The wilder our formation

Oh my god, oh my god
What have we done?
What have we done?
Oh my god, oh my god
When will we learn?
When will we learn?
Track Name: Motioncure
Wondering, you said
You said to me “I cannot heal you”
“I don’t need the help,” I said to you
“I’ve just got to move”

We are bodies tilting over, underneath
We are bodies pushing, pulling like the trees
So if you can’t relate what your limbs can say
Just stay here in this electric sphere, hey

You can trust the beat
It picks you right up and out when you need
Walk it out, and lean
You know what you got
Don’t stop
Do your thing

We are bodies tilting over, underneath
We are bodies pushing, pulling like the trees
So if you can’t relate what your limbs can say
Just stay here in this electric sphere, hey

We are more, more than bodies
Track Name: Unravel
Melt the sun down to starlight
Send the kids crawling out of their hives
Like a moth to a flame, oh it feels so right
Red and blue, feel it coursing through ya
Set the tempo to make it move ya
I feel a warmth in my chest, oh I wonder why

Slowly, slowly you unravel
And you say, “no, no, no”
They say, “now, now, now”
They want you to come undone

Days drift into cold nights
You’re wearing thin at the waistline
He said, “my baby’s got the blues, but she’ll be alright”
Lovers looped like a broken turntable
Fresh promises keeping you stable
You lost count not once, not twice, three times

Slowly, slowly you unravel
And you say, “no, no, no”
And they say, “now, now, now”
They want you to come undone
Track Name: Young Rush
So you’ve run out of things to say
All your thoughts already played
You had to know there was someone
With a quicker wit and a sharper tongue
Save your time and get on now
Or wait a little while ’till you slow down
Head over your feet, feeling so lush
Just as they beat you to the––

Young rush

Who is gonna look your way
If you think you’re so plain
Find a little quirk to your name
Promise you will never feel the same
Try to catch it before it’s found
Reach a little higher off
the ground
Don’t hesitate, touch it with flair
You know where to look, just feel the––

Young rush

Drawing lines into space
The air as a blank slate
Eyes shut, he smiles
Like it’s his first time
See him turn, but never yearn
To be something that can’t be learned
So shake a little longer little child
No one can touch your style
Twist like miles are in the room
Find your groove and ease into the––

Young rush
Track Name: Techie
Sift through the endless supply
Fingers numb, your heart is ice
Wipe away the eager smiles
There’s always one more waiting next in line

You’ve played the game far too long to know
You gotta leave one foot right out the door

So if you can’t sit tight
Jump around like a bird without flight
All the while you ask yourself
“Is it enough, is it enough, is it enough?”
You are weak to the touch
All the walls you’ve built are unstable
Somehow you’ve convinced yourself
“It is enough, it is enough, it is enough”

Drift out on the town all night
New face, new name, old lines
Not quite the one you like
Just toss it in the bag ‘till you change your mind

You’ve played the game far too long to know
You gotta leave one foot right out the door

So if you can’t sit tight
Jump around like a bird without flight
All the while you ask yourself
“Is it enough, is it enough, is it enough?”
You are weak to the touch
All the walls you’ve built are unstable
Somehow you’ve convinced yourself
“It is enough, it is enough, it is enough”
Track Name: Timelapse
How to face the wind before you?
It doesn’t feel right
‘Cause where you’re standing, it can’t move you
You’re resistant to fly
Moments move the clouds for miles
How can you taste them unless you try?

How can I, how can my body move?
Let it fly, let it find something smooth
‘Cause when you wind right, looking hindsight
Oh all the trees will look so tall
How can I, how can my body move?

Drops of water over time, hit rewind
Turn to whisper in the sky, hit rewind
Why are we mesmerized by a trace?
All that we left behind, don’t erase
No need to memorize
Make room for new design

How can I, how can my body move?
Let it fly, let it find something smooth
‘Cause when you wind right, looking hindsight
Oh all the trees will look so tall
How can I, how can my

From a distance
It’s not to say don’t linger
But stay too long, it tends to look the same

How can I, how can my body move?
Let it fly, let it find something smooth
‘Cause when you wind right, looking hindsight
Oh all the trees will look so tall
Track Name: Blaze
You left your strands on my bed
I will soak in your scent
If my heart grows weak like a wilted leaf
Would you come back to me?
Would you come back to me?

In the blackened veil of the night
Blazed the earth, we lit the sky
If time could freeze an eternity
Would you lie still with me?
Would you lie still next to me?

They all surround, spinning ‘round and ‘round and ‘round
We linger on and on, tunnel gazing ‘till the dawn

Oh, how the words they stray
Drift into silent space
And we would glance our nights away, away
And we would glance our nights away
Away
Away

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