Emme Evokes “Collapse”

Electronic pop mellowists conjure black holes in new clip

Sowmya Somanath and Walter Nichols of Emme (Photo by Jeanette Nevarez, assisted by Kala Media)

In Emme’s world, love is esoteric and heavy – an infinite gravitational force you cannot resist.

So goes the alternative electronic pop duo’s latest single and video "Collapse," in which vocalist Sowmya Somanath sings “To the horizon we will go/ The more we wait the less we know” before meditating on the word “Q-U-A-N-T-U-M.” As such, she’s comparing the two most powerful impetuses in our universe: love and black holes.

In a new video, directed by the band with Alison Week and Sarah Kuck, a group of friends playing charades, hiking, and dancing at a backyard concert find their heads turning round dark orbs – or black holes – when they’re struck by love.

“In ‘Collapse,’ we wanted to deal with the frightening, mysterious aspects of love,” the group offered. “We found ourselves gravitating toward the image of a black hole: its event horizon, across which nothing returns; its utter, apparently endless depth; its strength – enough to hugely warp reality around it. We wanted the song to kind of feel like it's being pulled apart in a beautiful way, like intense love (or a black hole) does.”

Emme — comprised of Somanath, a vocalist educated in hindustani music, and multi-instrumentalist Walter Nichols, who leads production and plays saxophone — has been releasing one-off singles since last year as well as a more recent series of cover songs. Tranquil, while imbuing a strong sense of intention, their music strikes an interesting balance of being mellow yet intense.

On Friday, Emme plays a single release show at Cheer Up Charlies with synth pop comrades Scenery. “Collapse” streams here:

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