Merriam-Webster defines the word "epoch" as "an extended period of time usually characterized by a distinctive development or by a memorable series of events." Sounds a lot like the past couple of months, as 2020 has mutated into The Year of COVID-19. But novel coronavirus was nowhere in sight back in 2014 when Alfa Mist and Emmavie first released their soulful collaboration Epoch.
At the time of its debut, the EP was a milestone for the two Londoners. Alfa recalls it was "the first complete project I ever put up on the internet," while Emmavie reflects that the collection "allowed me to access a more vulnerable and poetic side of myself." Now some six years later, both artists are at the top of their game with numerous production credits, collaborations and solo projects between them. But listening to this remastered work, released via Sekito Records, just proves that their brilliance had already firmly established.
Layered production, wavy synth, warm vocals and chill vibes allow each track to seamlessly flow into the next. Yet for all its cohesion, the songs retain a measure of distinction that allows each to stand on its own. While there are guest appearances from Dornik ("Fly Away") and Rocco Palladino (new track, "Energy"), plus a slick rework of Laura Mvula's "Sing To The Moon," Alfa and Emmavie are the ones that truly shine. It's no wonder they've continued to work together through the years.
Listen below and download Epoch for a chill soundtrack to kick back and relax to this quarantine.