Emily Jane White is a singer/songwriter from California who released her debut album in 2007. Influenced by American blues and folk music tradition along with contemporary female singer/songwriters such as PJ Harvey and Kate Bush, she has been compared to Chan Marshall of Cat Power and Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star.
While studying at the University of California Santa Cruz during the early 2000s, White fronted a band called the Diamond Star Halos and began developing her craft as a singer/songwriter. After college she moved to France for a while and established herself as a solo artist. Upon returning to California in 2006 and basing herself in San Francisco, she collaborated with producer Wainwright Hewlett on her full-length album debut, Dark Undercoat (2007). Released initially on the Oakland, California-based label Double Negative Records, Dark Undercoat was subsequently licensed for international release by the label Talitres in 2008 and reached number 143 on the French albums chart. Her sophomore effort, Victorian American, was released on Talitres in France in 2009, and on Milan in the United States in early 2010. That year, she also lent vocals to indie pop band Lonely Drifter Karen's album Fall of Spring.
White's own Ode to Sentience arrived on Talitres in 2011 and a year later in the U.S. on Antenna Farm Records. Both follow-ups also hit the French albums chart. In late 2013, the songwriter's fourth long-player, the lusher but still brooding Blood/Lines, was released by Talitres and Important Records. A reference to the opening of Cormac McCarthy's novel Outer Dark, They Moved in Shadow All Together was recorded in Oakland and San Francisco over a period of two years. It returned White to the French charts in the spring of 2016, with its U.K. and North American release following soon after. For 2019's Immanent Fire, White worked with arranger Anton Patzner, who helped her achieve an epic, immersive sound as she explored a feminine solution to the imminent extinction of the human species. ~ Jason Birchmeier & Marcy Donelson, Rovi