Danish synth-pop duo EmmaDop have announced their anticipated debut album Superstar, due September 16, 2022 via Sierra 79. Produced by acclaimed producer Jonathan Quarmby (Lewis Capaldi, James Arthur, Tom Walker), the album bears many of the hallmarks of its great contemporaries, while existing entirely on its own thoughtfully intricate plane. To ring in the announcement, the duo has shared the anthemic new single “Love Has Run Wild” — stream it HERE.
This new single is America’s first exposure to EmmaDop’s enchantingly catchy music, which has the confident energy of a group that’s far beyond its debut. Shortly after releasing the album’s first single “Crawling,” the duo was met with an enthusiastic sellout crowd in Copenhagen, setting the stage for what is sure to be a swift rise on this side of the Atlantic.
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“When [producer] Jonathan Quarmby visited us in Copenhagen, we showed him the demo,” EmmaDop says. “It’s actually 4 years old, but we didn’t tell him, and luckily, he liked it and we started working on it from a new starting point. It’s just been lying there and maturing for the past years, but now we’re ready to release it. “Love Has Run Wild” is about the uncontrollable feeling of being in love and just letting go and surrendering to it, without thinking of the consequences and possible downsides that might come with it.”
Created in the duo’s own kolonihavehus — roughly translated to “allotment housing,” but something Americans might know as a simple garden shed — Superstar is the sound of two pop auteurs who have finally arrived at the height of their creative powers. Their journey to this point was uphill to say the least, especially considering that it almost ended when vocalist Line Ammitzbøll was sidelined by a devastating concussion that nearly ended her burgeoning career. This adversity only served to bolster EmmaDop’s resolve, and the resulting album bears the marks of songwriters who not only survived what was thrown at them, but came out the other side even stronger — and with undeniable hooks to boot.
Pre-production began on Superstar in early July of 2021, when acclaimed British producer Jonathan Quarmby visited EmmaDop in their hometown of Aarhus, working with the Danish duo in their modest-but-charming kolonihavehus (allotment housing). They were a bit intimidated at first to be working so closely with someone of his stature, but their fears were soon allayed as the three developed an almost instantaneous creative chemistry.
In the days that followed, Quarmby helped Line and Ole to evolve beyond their “live show” mentality and develop a new perspective on recording that would forever reshape not only the way that they heard music, but how they perceived it as well. The trio began by narrowing down EmmaDop’s array of demo recordings until they were left with the seven songs that best encapsulated the highly personal trials and tribulations of their previous year, when they watched as their dreams slipped farther and farther away, with Line’s concussion almost ending their career before it could even begin.
With the darkness now firmly behind them and a new lease on life before them, Quarmby’s addition proved to be just the fuel they needed to break through the stratosphere and return them to their orbital trajectory. A few months later, the trio would meet again for a week of recording in Copenhagen’s legendary Grapehouse Studio and would come away with not only an album, but a victory snatched from the jaws of defeat.