London-based Emily Underhill – better known by her stage name Tusks – releases her debut album Dissolve this week. Due this Friday on One Little Indian, her debut LP comes after her previous two EPs – 2014’s Ink and 2016’s False – and marks the next big step in her musical vision – arresting, melancholic soundscapes which draw from artists such as Foals, Daughter and Bonobo.
Latest release ‘Last’, which Tusks describes as the “feistiest track on the album”, is a hypnotic offering that nods to Warpaint with its use of loud-quiet dynamics and ethereal vocals.
We asked Tusks to share five tracks which have influenced her sound. You can catch her live at Kamio on 15th November.
Daughter – Youth
This song’s so heartbreaking but kind of in a bittersweet way for me – I listened to it loads when I was travelling around Australia for a bit on my own when I was 20. The lyrics are so well written and relatable and poetic and then the track evolves so beautifully – it’s really powerful but fragile and eerie at the same time. Her voice is amazing.
Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were
I remember listening to this while travelling to Croatia to Outlook festival. I don’t know what it is about it but it’s just so epic and instantly puts me in this amazing mood. I think its the same kind of vibe as Daughter – it’s a bit bittersweet but it just instantly makes me want to travel and live in the moment.
Foals – Late Night
I’m obsessed with Foals’ last two albums – there’s so much energy in their music and I love how much their songs build to these huge emotional ends. I think I listen to them more than any other artist at the moment.
Bryde – Help Yourself
Artists like Bryde have definitely steered me towards writing more angry and passionate guitar tracks. I remember when I first heard this song and I loved everything about it. It’s got such an amazing vocal hook in the chorus, there’s so much emotion in it.
Lapalux – Without You
I’ve always been a huge fan of all Lapalux’s music but I used to listen to this one loads at university. It’s so raw and intense – I love how chilled and simple it is but it’s so effective. It definitely reminds me that sometimes less is more when making music.