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Presented by SXSW DAY PARTY: Sounds Australia

Emily Barker

Mar 14, 2024

3:25pm – 3:50pm CT

Lucille Front Yard

“Emily Barker has gift for great melodies”—The Guardian
“a wonderful, wonderful songwriter”—Frank Turner

Emily Barker is an award-winning singer-songwriter, best known as the writer and performer of the theme to the hugely successful BBC crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh.

Barker has announced her new album, Fragile as Humans, produced at storied English studio The Wool Hall by Luke Potashnick (Gabrielle Aplin, Jack Savoretti, Alberta Cross). It's her first album for nearly four years, following A Dark Murmuration of Words, which Uncut called “…a kind of Australian equivalent of PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake”

Barker has released music and toured as a solo artist and with various bands and collaborations, most notably her long association with Frank Turner, and has written for TV and film, including composing the soundtrack for Jake Gavin’s lauded film Hector starring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen.

Praise for A Dark Murmuration of Words:
“One of the most literate and probing folk albums of the year. I really love it.” Ann Powers, NPR Music
“an album of spare, striking beauty” Mojo ★★★★
“…a kind of Australian equivalent of PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake” UNCUT 8/10

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