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Emika will release her next album, Falling In Love With Sadness, this October.

Ema Jolly’s fifth full-length follows last year’s Melanfonie, a crowdfunded LP made in collaboration with the 50-piece Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The new album, co-produced with Robert Witschakowski of The Exaltics, moves away from the “stripped-down qualities of albums [like] Dva and Drei.” Instead, the ten-track record delves into “lush synth pop hooks” and electro, the press release notes.

The album also sees Jolly considering her personal history. “I feel there was some kind of sadness that was passed down to me through generations in my family, particularly the women,” Emika writes, “I didn’t necessarily feel it was my sadness but it’s something I’ve learned to live with.” Falling In Love With Sadness will be released on World Mental Health Day with a portion of proceeds going towards to a UK-based mental health charity.

Tracklist:

01. Wash It All Away
02. Could This Be
03. Run
04. Close
05. Promises
06. Killers
07. Falling (Reprise)
08. Falling In Love With Sadness feat. The Exaltics
09. Escape
10. Eternity

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3½ stars