Tour Dates:

Fri, Sept 6     Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory
Sat, Sept 14  Paris, France @ Ducs des Lombards
Sun, Sept 15 London, UK @ Kansas Smitty’s
Tues, Sept 17 Berlin, Germany @ Quasimodo
Sun, Oct 6     Cambridge, MA @ Club Passim
Tue, Oct 8     Burlington, VT @ The Lamp Shop
Wed, Oct 9    Montreal, QC @ Café Resonance
Fri, Oct 11     Wakefield, QC @ Black Sheep Inn
Sat, Oct 12    Toronto, ON @ Burdock Music Hall

Come Back
Justin Time
Street Date: September 6, 2019

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Emma Frank returns with her new album entitled Come Back. On her debut for Justin Time, Frank intertwines folk, jazz and even r&b to create shifting tempos and winding melodies that are poignant, propelling and all-engulfing. The first single, “I Thought”, was released in April. The stunning video directed by visual artist Ayo Tsalithaba, can be viewed here. Frank’s gorgeously sparse cover of Wilco’s “Either Way” is the second single and can be heard here

Come Back is Frank’s second collaboration with pianist Aaron Parks and serves as a follow up to last year’s critically acclaimed release Ocean Av (Susan Records). While Ocean Av, which was referred to as a “minor masterpiece” by Pop Matters’ Will Layman, featured a larger ensemble with diverse instrumentation, Come Back is decidedly more pared down with a focus on the interplay between Frank and Parks. Supporting the duo is bassist Zack Lober and drummer Tommy Crane and producer and guitarist Franky Rousseau 

Throughout Come Back, Emma explores ideas of love, lust, self-doubt, commitment and sadness to uncover the most intimate corners of her mind with her listeners. Emma’s songs are journeys of self-discovery, framed by insightful lyrics and her warm, gossamer voice that songwriter Leif Vollebekk described as "like leather on silk." In addition to her Wilco cover, Frank presents seven gorgeous original songs and a stunning version with original lyrics of Parks’ composition “Lilac” (which first appeared on his latest album Little Big) renamed “Come Back” on this outing. 

Emma Frank has been stunning listeners since her 2014 debut For Being Apart. In the past five years, she has garnered positive attention from the likes of Clash, Downbeat Magazine, the CBC, The Ottawa Citizen, WBGO’s The Checkout, Atwood, La Presse and Pop Matters, among others. Her genre-bending music has brought her to stages across the world including the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival, and most recently, a European tour that brought her to world-renowned venues in Paris, Vienna, Zurich and others. With the release of Come Back, Emma Frank is undoubtedly poised to capture the ears and hearts of more listeners across the globe. 

Says Frank: “I hope that listening to this album makes people feel seen in all of their complexity and beauty. Life is tough. Music is soothing. In a sense, it’s that easy. I want this album to be a safe space for someone, or one space that they can go to feel their feelings and enjoy being alive.”

For Come Back

DANIELE CAMERLENGO
SUONO
“Finally, here is an original vision, a step forward for the creative world music.“  Read the full review here.

JEROME WILSON
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“Emma Frank operates in a nebulous realm that encompasses jazz, rock and folk. Her voice sounds natural and earnest as she works in close musical partnership with pianist Aaron Parks.”  Read the full review here.

FRIEDRICH KUNZMANN
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Come Back borrows as much from folk and RnB as it does from jazz but, most of all, demonstrates a singer and composer who is able to cut back on all of the redundancies and reduce things to their essence. One is bound to come back to this album in the near future."  Read the full review here.

KATI KIILASPEA
THE WHOLE NOTE
"This fourth release by the stunning and golden-voiced vocalist is an incredibly pleasing journey through genres that leaves something new to discover around every corner."  Read the full review here.

WILL LAYMAN
POP MATTERS
"Parks and Frank have a wondrous thing going, seeming like Joni Mitchell and Wayne Shorter, perhaps. These two voices are simply meant for each other, one from jazz and another from a land of literate folk-pop that turns out to have a quirky connection to harmonically daring arrangements. Frank is the icy cool heart, beating and quivering inside Parks's natural, rolling, warm piano style. Come Back is, hopefully, only the second chapter in a pairing that makes a plainspoken kind of magic." Feature here

ALAIN BRUNET
LA PRESSE
“Love, desire, loss, commitment, doubt ... these primary colors of the soul are evoked through these eight original songs”.  Read the full review here.

SEBASTIEN HELARY
NEXTBOP
"Stream Emma Frank’s sublime and poignant new single “Come Back”, the aforementioned cover of Aaron Park’s “Lilac” here." 

ADDIE VOGT
HOT HOUSE
"Drawing inspiration from artists such as Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones and Wilco, Emma Frank’s music is both evocative and healing, incorporating a unique blend of folk and pop with strong roots in jazz." Read the full feature piece here

DEE DEE MCNEIL
MUSICAL MEMOIRS
"Emma Frank’s voice is captivating and her songwriting, both melodies and lyrics, are artistic and charming." Read the full review here.

FRIEDRICH KUNZMANN
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"Well-Rounded and Quite Frank." Read full feature piece & interview here.

NATE CHINEN
WBGO
Take Five features "I Thought" - read the full piece and listen to the track here

TAYO ODUTOLA
EARMILK
"Before You Go Away" video featured in Episode 38 of The Slice - watch here!

For Ocean Av

MICHELLE DELATEUR
THE KNOCKTURNAL
"The best performances of the evening involved just Emma and Aaron as the Rockwood Steinway invited us in and Emma’s airy vocals filled up the rest." Read the full concert review here.

WILL LAYMAN
POP MATTERS
*Track Premiere*
"With Ocean Av, Frank negotiates darkness and light, folk directness and jazz complication, depression and hope, chill sonority and grooves that are remarkably crisp and propulsive." Read the full track premiere and interview here.

DEE DEE MCNEIL
MUSICAL MEMOIRS BLOG
"If you are looking for something uniquely different, you will find it in the music of Emma Frank." Read the full feature here.

PETER HUM
OTTAWA CITIZEN
"Now, the music that Frank makes is vivid yet intimate, leaning heavily into folk and roots music — a Canadian listener might hear echoes of Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell or Margo Timmins in Frank’s songs and singing." Read the full feature here.

JORGE SCHMITT
SONIC SOUL
"Beautiful sounds, very nice." Read full German review here.

SÉBASTIEN HÉLARY
NEXTBOP
"Vocalist Emma Frank brings genuine peacefulness and transparent honesty to everything she touches." Read the full video premiere for "Best Friend" here.

PETER HUM
OTTAWA CITIZEN
"The Brooklyn-based Franks, 30, was a sylph-like performer who invited listeners in with poetic, revelatory lyrics and songs that soothed despite their unexpected contours." Read the full review here.

JON GARELICK
THE ARTS FUSE
"The album is all originals — so no standards with which to conduct a proper jazz-police investigation. But the poetry of the lyrics is smart, and so are the singing, the voice, and the adventurous musicality." Read the full feature here.

RON HART
DOWNBEAT
"Emma Frank, who reaches a sublime new plane of musicality on her excellent third album is an artist worthy of observation with serious ears." Read the full 4-star review here.

HECTOR AVILESON
CANCION A QUEMARROPA
Read the full Spannish feature here.

ALAIN BRUNET
LA PRESSE
"Typical of this indie generation / cyberfolk at the crossroads of jazz, Ocean Av will appeal to anyone seeking the highest forms of songwriting." Read the full French review here.

FRANCK BERGEROT
JAZZ MAGAZINE
Read the full French review here.

NELSON BRILL
BOSTON CONCERT REVIEWS
"This is a dreamscape of beauty and the recording is superb in capturing all of the shifting tones and colors of this lithe, swaying and penetrating music." Read the full review here.

SIMON RENTNER
WBGO - THE CHECKOUT
Listen to the full interview here.

JAZZWISE EDITORS
JAZZWISE
"There's a film waiting somewhere for this intimately atmospheric jazz-folk Brooklyn-based Canadian singer-songwriter who impressively inhabits her songs, with a fine supportove cast including Aaron Parks and Jim Black." Read the 4-star review here.

 
 

STEPHANIE JONES
JAZZ SPEAKS
Read the full interview here.

MARK WARTENBERG
THE PRICKLE
"Emma Frank’s third album, Ocean Av, is a brilliant reflection on selfhood and life." Read the full concert review here.