Making the most of her home studio during lockdown, Let’s Say For Instance sees Emeli opening herself up to a wealth of sonic possibilities, exploring new territory through shades of classical, disco, nostalgic R&B and more. Thematically, inspiration on the album took many forms: from falling madly in love on ‘July 25th’ and ‘September 8th’, to encouraging self confidence on ‘Yes You Can’, describing the lyrics as “the light at the end of the tunnel” digging deeper beyond the often simplified portrayal of mental health and depression, to ‘Another One’, on the conversation of race equality.
With full creative control, it sees Emeli freeing herself from the expectations of others, flexing her holistic skills as a musician, songwriter, producer and vocalist in new, versatile ways. In her words: “‘an ode to resilience, rebirth, and renewal”. Emeli recently launched her weekly Re-Birth video series on YouTube, in which she breaks down the creative process behind each track on the album, as well as a stunning live session of ‘Look In Your Eyes’.
Speaking of the new album, Emeli shares: “For me to be in the space I'm in now, I couldn't have rushed. Of course, three years ago, I would have loved to have been in this place; in love, making music that I love. But you just can't do it until you're ready, and the world is ready and the circumstances are in place.”
“I am so thrilled that my fourth album “Let’s Say For Instance” is out now. It is an ode to resilience, rebirth and renewal. Although I am exploring new sounds, I believe that my lyrical and melodic signature will still be felt, especially by those who have followed me closely throughout all these years. I hope the freedom I have found within my spirit and voice will be heard and shared through this album.”