“’Blue October’ sways gently like lilacs in pale, warm morning mists.” – The Autumn Roses
DETROIT (March 23, 2022) – Emma Guzman announces the release of her indie-folk single, “Blue October” on April 11. It’s off the album, Something Less Than Alone, due out June 17. Although spring is abloom, “Blue October” sets the tone for May’s Mental Health Awareness month – a reminder that the winter of the mind can set in even the most vibrant of environments.
Originally written while Guzman was a camp counselor at Girls Rock Detroit, album opener “Blue October” makes for a powerful scene-setting introduction. Guzman captures the uneasy feeling right before winter hits, when everything is slowing down and getting darker. “I was clinging on to that last bit of Autumn magic and bracing myself for that long Michigan Winter,” she says. Her guitar plays a forlorn, longing melody as she sings herself into a daydream: “I’ll have a blue October, days by the creek long over, well could you swim when it’s colder? drift upstream forever…”
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.
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.
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.
Praise For “Blue October”
“Emma has created a bittersweet mix of indie pop and folk music with equal doses of honesty and sincerity.” – Setlistmx
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