Montreal musician Emilie Kahn first discovered the harp when Sarah Pagé, the harpist for band The Barr Brothers, played at her high school. Kahn was so moved by the performance that she scoured Craigslist for a harp instructor the very next day. “I had never felt this way toward an instrument,” she confessed in a press release.
Kahn’s natural aptitude for the stringed instrument caught the public’s attention earlier this year when she covered Taylor Swift’s song, “Style.” Swift shared the video on her personal Twitter account, generating over 270,000 hits on YouTube and instantly rocketing Kahn into the spotlight.
Now, Emilie & Ogden (her band name; Ogden is the name of her harp), Kahn is hitting overnight fame back hard with an original song, a new music video, and a forthcoming LP titled 10,000. “Ten Thousand,” the breathtaking title track from the album, showcases her powerfully fragile voice alongside dreamy harp plucks, fuzzy bass, and thudding percussion. The video for the song shows Kahn and her backing band performing live off the floor at Studio B-12, an eerie looking house nestled in the Quebecois woods that was recently transformed into a unique recording space.
As for her anticipated new album, which is set to be released on October 2 on Secret City Records, Kahn wrote and composed all the music herself, joining forces with producer Jesse Mac Cormack and her drummer, Francis Ledoux, to add the finishing touches. Along with new compositions, 10,000 will also feature two re-interpreted tracks, “Babel” and “Long Gone,” from Kahn’s previous release.
Emilie & Ogden will embark on an extensive U.S. and Canadian tour this fall, with an appearance at Rifflandia and a performance in Vancouver at The Media Club scheduled for September 19. Tickets are available online.