“Her words, music, and voice elevate this far beyond the realms of the ordinary; she may well be the next Courtney Marie Andrews.” – Mike Davies, Folk Radio
DETROIT (March 21, 2022) – Emma Guzman announces the release of her indie-folk album, Something Less Than Alone, on June 17. Something Less Than Alone, is an achingly vulnerable indie-folk record that sees the now 19-year-old plotting her growth over the last few years.
It’s an album that showcases the simultaneous beauty and turmoil of our teenage years, so filled with unknowns as childhood transitions into young adulthood. Guzman holds nothing back in soundtracking her own coming-of-age experience, sharing her insecurities, her joys, her regrets, and her hopes for whatever comes next.
Though not her first LP, Guzman considers this a fresh start – and certainly the beginning of a new era for her as an artist.
“It’s definitely a coming-of-age album,” she reflects. “I started writing it at 14, so it’s been a long time for me. These are really the songs that represent how I’ve grown over these years, both as a person and a songwriter. I’ve made friends, lost friends, got my heart broken a couple of times, been a camp counselor, worked at Subway, and more. I’ve been all over the place, and I wanted to get it all out there.”
A collection of wistful and wondrous songs built up around Guzman’s gentle voice and guitar, Something Less Than Alone puts the artist’s songwriting talents front and center as she weaves through her own highs and lows, uncovering the beauty and the wreckage inside us all through stories of everyday living.
“It’s a lot of little moments; that’s what I wanted it to be,” Guzman explains. “It’s me trying to evoke a feeling, rather than tell you what happened to me. I’m trying to show you how I felt in my lines – to use my words, the poetry and music to show you how I’m feeling.”
Something Less Than Alone Track Listing
- Blue October
- Moving Along
- Love Bites
About Emma Guzman
Although only 19 years old, Emma Guzman already has a seasoned array of accomplishments under her belt. Jay Gonzales from the Drive By Truckers played guitar on her previously released single, “Echo.” She was selected as one of five Detroit musicians for TIDAL’s project, TIDAL Unplugged and has been a featured cover artist on their Folk Rising Playlist several times. She was also selected to be a resident this year at Assemble Sound in Detroit and has been supported by WDET and Metro Times.
6/17 Outer Limits Lounge, Detroit w/Wendy Case and Pia
Praise For Emma Guzman
“Her bittersweet blend of indie-pop and folk is utterly sublime and full of feeling, her voice melts like butter over sometimes sombre, ever thoughtful words.” – Holly Chant – The Other Side Reviews
“The moment I heard Emma Guzman’s gentle, rich crooning, I melted into my seat…there is definitely a Grammy in her future.” – Patrick Chapelle – Kingdomz X
“…that calm and pensive voice of Emma Guzman burrows straight into the center of my heart.” – Carly Schorman – YabYum Music and Arts
“Guzman uses her background in musical theater to project the kind of mature and quirky tone most aspiring performers would kill for (think: Chrissie Hynde).” – Melina Glusac – Metro Times
“Emma Guzman is about to take the music world by storm.” – Julie Snyder – The Journal