​Lush's Emma Anderson Announces Debut Solo Album 'Pearlies'

Watch the music video for "Bend the Round"

BY Emilie Richardson-DupuisPublished Jul 20, 2023

Emma Anderson of British shoegaze band Lush has announced her debut solo album Pearlies, out October 20 via Sonic Cathedral.

Lush, originally formed in 1987, suddenly ended in 2016 after a brief reunion. "I thought we were in it for the long term," Anderson said in a press release, "so some of these songs — or even just parts of them — were actually going to be for Lush. That didn't happen, so I had these songs and bits of music that I didn't know what to do with."

Produced by James Chapman (a.k.a. Maps), Pearlies sees Anderson stepping out of her comfort zone and further into the spotlight as lead vocalist for the first time. 

"I am not someone that feels comfortable in the spotlight, so for me to take centre stage, metaphorically speaking, was quite a big leap," she said. 

To coincide with the album announcement, Anderson has shared the lead single "Bend the Round," featuring Richard Oakes of Suede on guitar. It arrives alongside a Kieran Evans-directed music video. Watch it below, where you'll also find the album's tracklist.


1. I Was Miles Away
2. Bend the Round
3. Inter Light
4. Taste the Air
5. Xanthe
6. The Presence
7. Willow and Mallow
8. Tonight Is Mine
9. For a Moment
10. Clusters

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