Boorloo (Perth) based new wave/synth act Web Rumors returns in 2021 with New Wave Heartache, the first cut from her forthcoming sophomore album to be released in May.
It follows on from Web Rumors’ 2019 debut LP Audio Video Disco which featured the critically acclaimed disco-inspired single Sinner (For Your Love) and Sade-esque pop ballad, IOUs.
Using a combination of jangly chorus-laden guitar, classic electronic drums, sax and synths, songwriter/producer Em Burrows moves towards the darker sounds of 80s alt-pop on this song, calling to mind the likes of Bronski Beat and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
Lyrically, says Burrows, New Wave Heartache started as a riff on the German phrase “alt romantisch” (old romantic). “It’s about being an “old” romantic in a “new” world; that idea of a dreamer grappling with the realities of modern life.”.
This bittersweet contemplation (with a hint of nostalgia) might be best listened to in headphones on a journey; a sentiment that is captured in the song’s official video by Adem K (Turnstyle/The Community Chest) that features footage of Berlin shot from the window of a train.
New Wave Heartache was recorded by Rhien Tan, mixed by Matt Gio (Rada Studios) and mastered by Will Bowden.
Web Rumors Bio…
Perth (Western Australia) based songwriter/producer Em Burrows continues to refine her craft and blur all other lines with Web Rumors; a new-wave style pop act passing through the 1980s by way of Orchestral
Manoeuvres in the Dark and Roxy Music.
Taking influence from the electronic, art-pop and disco sounds of that era, Web Rumors’ debut album Audio Video Disco was released through Group Therapy Records in 2019. It followed on from Burrows’ 2018 debut solo album Invisible Seams and consolidated her standing in Perth as both a prolific songwriter and alt-pop producer of strong repute.
Burrows’ tightly spun songs with their sonic palette of synthesisers, reverb-soaked saxophone, electronic percussion and her commanding contralto at the centre, have found their way into Spotify editorial playlists and Bandcamp features as well as numerous blogs and publications such as The West Australian, Ripe, Tone Deaf, White Light/White Heat and
Something You Said.
Burrows is a WAMi nominated artist (Best Keys/Synth Artist 2020) and was the recipient of an NLMA for All Ages Achievement in 2019. Web Rumors’
performances of note have included Laneway Festival Fremantle (2019), Nannup Festival (2019), Perth Festival (2019), and RTRFM’s In the Pines (2018). Web Rumors’ sophomore LP is due for release in mid-2021.