Emma Lohan grew up in a small village in Co. Galway on the west coast of Ireland. She currently divides her time between London and the Balearic Islands where she creates dreamy melodic folk pop reminiscent of Laurie Anderson, Karen Dalton, Oumou Sangaré and Joanna Newsom.
Classically trained as a child, she broadened her musical horizons by hitchhiking across West Africa to study polyrhythms and community music. She completed a masters in Community Music in 2010 and afterwards began writing and recording her critically acclaimed debut album 'Black Atlantic'.
She moved to London in 2015 and started working with the Manawax Studios crew and BBC3 dub producer Nick Manasseh. Together they produced The 8th, a protest song about women’s rights in Ireland which began a two year creative journey culminating in the release of her debut album Black Atlantic in October 2018.
Now based in Mallorca, she began work on a new album during the severe lockdown measures of 2020 and, during the process, found her inner God (a thirty year old male stoner from Dublin who introduced her to Techno Folk). The result is an improvised symphony performed in four sections called ‘How I went from hipster folk to hardcore porn in one click a.k.a. The Fish and Bird Symphony’.
Lohan is signed to 411 Music Group, is part of The Nest Collective, Rough Trade Records and has been played on Irish national radio station RTE Radio 1, Hoxton Radio, Resonance FM and the Indie and More playlist.
“Emma Lohan’s sound comes with beautifully ghostly swirls and elegant, sweet harmonies underneath the bonnet.” - The Irish Times
“Emma Lohan’s lyrics are the pleasant harmony of a tough adolescence and joyful adult explorations, her voice is as sweet as it is melancholic and her music is both gently euphoric and heartbreakingly poignant.” - New Pope
The debut album from Emma Lohan, Black Atlantic, is an immersive and beautifully crafted exploration of childhood isolation and loneliness influenced by the sounds and rhythms of the Atlantic coasts of Ireland, West Africa and South America. Set to a lush backdrop of folk and ethno-pop, Lohan’s casual vocal delivery floats airily over nine songs full of rich imagery, subtle emotions and moving moments.
Produced in Manawax Studios in East London, and mastered by the pioneering UK dub producer/selector Nick Manasseh, Black Atlantic is available to buy or stream from Bandcamp, iTunes, Google Play and Roughtrade Records.