Emily Hearn definitely does not box herself in to any one particular genre—the diverse sounds on Hourglass prove that she can nail country balladeering just as well as bubblegum pop, indie pop, folk, etc. At twelve tracks, Hourglass has some filler material, but there are also definite standouts. On the whole, rich arrangements combined with the tender earnestness of the singing and songwriting from Hearn make the album a new experience upon each listen.
What Hearn will absorb as an artist on future releases will be interesting to watch, and it would be amazing to hear her play around with more musical textures. She’s one to keep an eye on, because as for what’s next on her musical growth, only time will tell.
Hearn will stop by Eddie’s Attic next month on 4/17 and 4/23 on her tour with Tyrone Wells.