Gothic folk artist Emily Jane White wrote “Requiem Waltz” back in 2009, when she was living in an abandoned house. Her living quarters have improved since then, and so have her musical prospects. NPR, Pitchfork, and The Fader have all sung her praises recently. The song appears on her new album, To Sentience, out June 12th on Antenna Farm.
“Requiem Waltz was originally written on guitar, but I later re-wrote it for the piano and liked that version much better,” White tells American Songwriter. “Once the song was finished I presented it to Carey Lamprecht [violin] and Jen Grady [cello] during a rehearsal in Jen’s livingroom, and together they came up with the beautiful string arrangement. I think we performed it for the first time that very same summer at a show with The Mumlers at The Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco.”