With the release of her new album, Promise, less than two weeks away and coming off the back of a run of EU shows that included a packed-out show within the intimate confines of London’s hallowed St. Pancras Old Church, today Emily Wells shares the second single taken from Promise, the entrancing ‘Don’t Use Me Up’.
One of the album’s starkest, most emotionally direct, moments, Wells describes it as: “among the first songs written for the album some time ago during a time of particular abandon. I joke that it’s a song about whiskey, friendship and Jesus, but in truth it was an s.o.s. to myself, to my future self, to people I loved, intended to remind us that the body is finite.
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“As time passes so grows the meaning of the song and I now think most often of the finiteness of the planet when I sing it. The recording is one shade shy of a gospel hangover with all the instruments tempted to come off the rails when things get too quiet.”