Emily Afton’s voice is transporting. Deep and smokey, Emily delivers her emotive and honest songs from a place that feels lodged in the past, rooted in a dreamy barefoot era. You can hear the Georgian lineage on her mother’s side, conjuring a Southern swamp, mixed with urbane pop relevance. Oakland indie-rock meets an after hours quest for mischief, with ribbons of soul and electro-pop interwoven.
Breaking from her folk-pop start as Emily Moldy, Afton’s band plays vocal-driven narratives in the style of Fiona Apple, followed by dark synths, and uptempo dance tracks that get crowds dancing. Emily spent 2014 writing and recording her first full-length album alongside acclaimed Bay Area producers David Earl and Lila Rose whose musical garnishes add cinematic depth to the once “sweet singer-songwriter music”. This episodic LP, ARCHETYPE, laces together her five-year conversation with the ghosts of life, love, and death, and is out now everywhere.
ABOUT “BACK IN SAN FRANCISCO”
“Emily Afton is not in a romantic mood, judging by the lyrics of brand new cut “Back in San Francisco”. Admitting to “wearing my heart on my sleeve”, Afton lays down the line on a failed relationship with some straightforward confessionals, about having a chip on her shoulder and only moving to a new city for her now ex-lover.
The track demonstrates simplicity without being basic. With well-placed call and response vocals, gentle and ambient synths underpinning a playfully punchy beat, and a commanding, husky vocal performance, “Back in San Francisco” is a successful demonstration of what Afton and her backing band do best.
Alongside previous single “Sylvia”, “Back in San Francisco” marks Afton’s comeback following her 2016 debut album Archetype. With catchy, confessional pop like this, the now-signed Oakland singer should be building on past achievements in 2018.”
– Born Music Online
2018: Featured on NPR’s ‘The Do List’. Completed the music residency at Zoo Labs. “Sylvia” added to Noon Pacific’s London Mixtape. “Back in San Francisco” featured on ALT105.3’s ‘Soundcheck’ show with Aaron Axelsen.
2017: Performed at Treefort Music Festival in Boise, ID. “Lost” featured on The CW’s Riverdale, season 1 episode 6. “Severing The Knot” featured in a SoulSence commercial. “Archetype” featured on Stitchers, season 3 episode 4. Headlined The Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco, CA. Someday” featured on Mustangs FC, season 1 episode 9.
2016: Nominated and won second place as The Deli’s SF Bay Area Best Emerging Artists of 2015. Featured as a SoFarSounds performer. Opened for Peter Frampton at The Mountain Winery (AEG/Goldenvoice). Released ARCHETYPE. Was featured on Milk Crater’s Milk Crate #104 playlist. Featured on Spotify’s ‘Discover Weekly’ playlist. Performed at the San Francisco Women’s March.
2015: Headlined single and video release show at Leo’s Music Club in Oakland. “Words From Your Tongue” song premiere on SF Weekly as part of OIM Records Compilation Vol. 1 coverage. Performed at SoFar Sounds SF alongside The Sam Chase and Third Eye Blind. Opened for Willis Earl Beal at Swedish American Hall in San Francisco, presented by Noise Pop. Embarked on first California tour in support of the single, “Someday”, and served as the touring support for Third Eye Blind in the U.S. south and mid-west.
2014: Toured with Lila Rose and Living Legends. Featured on Scarub’s latest album Want For Nothing on two tracks – “Go” and “Rising Up”. Performed at Oakland Music Festival
2013: Placement of song “My Own One” on Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign video ‘We’re Stronger Together’.
2012: Placement of song “My Own One” on nationally syndicated Nature Valley commercial. Won Oaktown Indie Mayhem People’s Choice Award.