New Zealand songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emily Edrosa shared her biting new single “NCEA.” Just in time for Halloween, the Carrie-inspired video is a perfect match for Edrosa’s self-deprecating lyrics, which she says are “about general life regrets and comparing where I am now to people I went to high school with…not healthy.” “NCEA” follows previous track “Wade Thru” from her upcoming album Another Wave Is Coming – out November 20 via Park The Van Records. Mixed by legendary producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.), the record has touches of Courtney Barnett and The Beths (singer Liz Stokes helped record some of it), along with a caustic DIY drive from the queer indie-punk artist.
After almost ten years fronting the award-winning band Street Chant in her native New Zealand, Emily Edrosa took a chance on the Green Card lottery, won, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her solo career in 2016. Her uncompromising, polymathic approach to songwriting results in music that playfully dodges any single category, weaving together threads of garage rock, proto- and post-punk, and psychedelic pop to make something that’s entirely her own. When she’s back home, Emily instills some of this into Girls Rock! Camp NZ where she mentors young musicians, as well.
Following Emily’s 2014 self-titled and self-produced solo EP, Another Wave is Coming is the culmination of several years’ meticulous work on two halves of the globe. Finished by Emily in her home studio, the record is a portrait of life as a hyper-aware stranger in dreamlike, hostile, and magnetic territory. With deeply personal, relatable lyrics that jump from snarky to sincere and back across bright, commanding vocals and dynamic instrumentation, Another Wave is Coming is a whole universe packed down into a single album by Emily Edrosa’s hands.