Singer-songwriter Emily Arin is from Montour Falls, New York, but she traveled to Philadelphia in order to record her debut album, Patch Of Land, with a handful of locals. The album was produced by Brian McTear (Weathervane Music/Shaking Through) and Greg Weeks (of Espers) at his Hexham Head studio, and mixed by Jonathan Low at Miner Street Studios. The album also features Dave Hartley (Nightlands, War On Drugs) on bass and drummer Thomas Bendel of Buried Beds.
Though Arin’s debut relies on traditional singer-songwriter conventions, the album is marked by the efficiency of the instrumentation. A song like “When You Knew Me When” (which you can download below) has delicate and sparse guitar playing, complemented by flourishes of mellotron and her plaintive singing.