Emily Wolfe’s musical story began at 10. That’s not just when the Austin native began singing–she also picked up drums, guitar, piano, and more. Now at 23, the multi-instrumentalist has made a name for herself as one of the rising talents in the local scene. She’s also proved that she isn’t afraid of growth and change.
Wolfe’s 2012 debut, Director’s Notes, was a sparse, largely-acoustic record, but the follow-ups have been anything but. Working with Spoon’s longtime producer Mike McCarthy, Wolfe’s pair of 2013 EPs amped up the sound, adding a full band to Wolfe’s strong songwriting. She sounds just as adept with the volume turned up, highlighting the sing-along tendencies of her songs. On her new single “Swoon,” Wolfe once again teams up with McCarthy, and the results are fantastic. Over fuzz guitar and a T. Rex-worthy backbeat, Wolfe delivers her best performance yet. As she recently told MTV, she set out “to write a really sexy song,” and “Swoon” succeeds wildly. Catch Wolfe in KUTX’s Studio 1A Thursday at 2pm and later that night at Lambert’s, and be on the lookout for her hotly-tipped SXSW shows in a few weeks.