Emily Kate - All In

Emily Kate, is a Toronto born singer songwriter with a rather fine 4 track debut EP "All In" produced by Country Music Association of Ontario-nominated Producer of the Year, Shawn Moore!

It's an EP that covers a whole range of emotions from that initial moment of a relationship clicking through to the devastation of seeing it fall apart with a stop off via some of the upsets and joy that come in between, as well as a lovely statement of intent to close things off.

Musically there is an interesting blend between a more traditional sound and the urge to build up the the overall soundscape electronically. Throughout the majority of the EP, Emily manages to tread this delicate balance with some skill.

Opening with the title track "All In" finds Emily with the not unreasonable demand of wanting the man in her life to be dedicated to the relationship. It's as much a plea to them as it is a reminder to herself that anyone who does not meet this rather low bar setting should be jettisoned rather than persevered with.

The song itself seems to be Emily coming off the back of one of those unsuitable folk, as she has discovered that "You're in with the new and I'm out with the old"

The chorus is something of a plea and a riposte

"I need someone who treats me better than you

Boys come and go but a man sees it through"

There is a nice blend between humour and put down as first she outlines what she's looking for

"Don't need a ring or someone to marry

Just a man to rely on like good old Ben & Jerry"

before delivering the more withering

"Boy you wouldn't know the difference between good and great

Even if it walked up and smacked you in the face"

The final chorus sees Emily approach the chorus in a slightly different way, the first 2 lines delivered slowly and tenderly over just a keyboard sound before really giving some emphasis on the words "treats me better than you"

"The Whole Time" is a lovely upbeat song about meeting someone new, and sees Emily replaying the previous night in her mind, especially with regards to a certain person, the one who had

"That "Hey Girl I want you, I need you, look in your eyes".

It's complete infatuation, where everything the other person does intrigues you and captures your attention, the chorus spells it out simply

"You had me at hello you had me the whole time"

Soundwise it is very strange blend, there is one of the most annoying electronic drum sounds I've heard in a while but apart from that everything else is perfectly fitting however it is Emily's vocal that sells the song overall, conveying that sense of wonderment at his new relationship.

"Space" opens to a high pitched piano break, and a somewhat dramatic situation

"It's a little colder in this bedroom tonight even with the fireplace on it just don't feel right"

You said you had to get away for a couple of days"<