Dreamy, synth-driven melodies, cinematic progressions, powerful pop vocals, and punchy beats – this is the sonic palate of alt-pop duo EMERGER, formed by Emma de Goede (lead vocalist / pianist), and Gerry Matthee (producer / multi-instrumentalist), while studying music at the University of Cape Town.
Since the release of their debut mini-album 'Bloom' in 2018, EMERGER has been making waves both nationally and overseas. Their debut single, ‘Break & Fall’ was a winner of the Avid and Abbey Road Studios International Song Contest, picked from nearly 5000 international entries. The Los Angeles based producer and judge of the contest, John Feldmann (Goldfinger, Blink-182) said: “They have a great cinematic landscape to their music… and are a good example of what modern music can be.” They had the opportunity to travel to Abbey Road Studios in London for the mastering of this winning song. They were also selected as Apple Music's New Artist Spotlight for the month of July (2018). Their music has been featured on various Apple Music playlists, including 10 Albums You Must Hear This Month as well as on the BBC Introducing radio show in the UK.
‘Bloom’ was written, recorded and produced by the duo. To finish it off, some of SA’s best sound-mixers worked on ‘Bloom’, including Johnny de Ridder (Fokofpolisiekar), David Langemann (Freshlyground) and Andrew Rawbone-Viljoen (Diamond Thug), with mastering by Christian Wright (Radiohead, Coldplay) at Abbey Road Studios in London, where the duo also attended the session.
In January 2019, EMERGER hosted their sold out Live Launch at The Raptor Room in Cape Town. Since then they have opened for Goodluck at the V&A Waterfront and played to capacity audiences at the Castle of Good Hope, Café Roux, The Jagger Lounge, The House of Machines, Aces ’n' Spades and Mercury Live with their slick live act. The duo was approached by Bad Weather Productions to collaborate for Mediatech Africa 2019, where they performed their music, synced to incredible visuals at the Blackbox stage in the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg.
A recent highlight for EMERGER was playing on the main stage at Up The Creek Festival in February 2020, making it their festival debut. They continue to perform in and around Cape Town and are currently in the studio, working on exciting new singles and music videos.
EMERGER released their first official music video on 22 April 2020 for their single “Urban Wilderness”. On 29 May 2020 they released an uptempo 80's inspired synth-pop reimagination of this song, "Urban Wilderness (Reimagined)". View both music videos on YouTube and listen to their music here:
On 6 November 2020, the duo released "State of Mind" – the first single off their upcoming full-length album, which is set to be released mid to late 2021. "We wrote and produced 'State of Mind' from our home studio during lockdown while the global pandemic felt particularly dire. It’s approached from a place of hope for the future; a reminder to try and make the best of the current moment." – Emma and Gerry