IT took three years and a lot of heartache for Emma Louise to follow up her 2013 debut album with Supercry.
“I took a break,” the Brisbane singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist said.
“At the time, I’d just been through my first album and my relationship with music had changed a lot.
“It used to be just me and music and writing songs, and it was very intimate and it was very special and almost like my secret.
“Then (the international success of single) Jungle happened, which I’m obviously just so grateful for, but at the time it took me away from that super intimate space that I had with music.
“Then all of a sudden, here were all these people involved in my music-making and I was just very vulnerable and these people were influencing my music and at the same time, my confidence just totally disappeared and I just got really hurt by music.
“It was just very painful. I know it probably doesn’t sound painful but it was really painful.
“So I just had to find my way back to what music is and what it means to me and why I do it.
“I think it was the best thing I could have done, to take those years off.””
Emma Louise said creating Supercry, which was recorded in a castle in Provence, France, was a much more peaceful process.
“I was not expecting it to be so peaceful… but this time around it was more about the songs themselves and just trying to do what’s best for them,” she said.
“It was all very natural.”
Her artwork was even used for the album cover.
“I painted that a few years ago,” she said.
“When I was confused about music and I was having a bit of a hard time with it, I started painting.
“I totally didn’t know it was ever going to get used for anything and then when it came time to pick the album cover I was thinking about what I’d do for a photograph or whatever then all of a sudden I remembered this painting that I did.
“It’s definitely fun to be able to express the music in every way, with the artwork and basically everything that surrounds it.”
She is now touring the country in support of the album that was released in July.
“I can’t wait to show people,” she said.
“I don’t want to give too much of it away but some parts (of the show) are going to be extremely intimate and others will be bigger.”
Fans won’t have to wait so long for the next instalment, with Emma Louise telling Community Newspaper Group she wants to do another album “pretty soon”.
“I’ve just got this really folky album that I wrote,” she said.
“It’s basically a collection of all the saddest songs that I’ve ever written and have been too sad to put on albums.
“Then I’m like ‘you know what, I’m just going to make the saddest album of all time’.”
Emma Louise with support from Angus Dawson
October 28: Fly By Night, Fremantle
October 29: Capitol, Perth
October 30: Prince of Wales, Bunbury
Tickets at www.flybynight.org or www.oztix.com.au