When it comes to debut performances, Melbourne lass Emma Bryce had one of the more exotic ones we’ve ever heard. It took place in Belgium (as you do) after the teen downed a strawberry-flavoured beer and then hit the stage with a borrowed guitar. We’re not sure if she’s still quaffing fruity beers, but from that moment, Bryce knew she wanted to be a performer.
A decade on, Bryce is now a full-time muso specialising in sweet, snappy folk-pop that recalls echoes of Regina Spektor (but less weird) and Feist (but more happy). Since moving from country Victoria to Melbourne, she’s spent most of her time developing her mad skills, playing round the traps and penning tunes for her forthcoming debut album.
Thanks to scoring a grant from the Victoria Rocks program, she’s currently putting the finishing touches to it now, with the help of ARIA-nominated producer Jimi Maroudis (Eskimo Joe, Birdie Blackman) and Ben McCarthy (Pete Murray, Kate Miller-Heidke). Given how much we like breezy first single Every Star Is A Setting Sun To Someone, we hope it ain’t too far away.