Emily Barker has always been keenly aware of her environment.
Growing up in Australia - a country hit by colossal bush-fires as 2020 opened - she is now based in Stroud, and this switch has caused her to place renewed emphasis no the natural world.
New album 'A Dark Murmuration Of Words' is incoming, and it finds this potent, outspoken songwriting directly addressing green concerns.
Out on September 4th, it was produced alongside Greg Freeman, and finds her musicality - bold, direct, uncompromising - reaching new levels of lyrical literacy.
New song 'The Woman Who Planted Trees' is indicative of her approach, and her global concerns.
Lyrically, it was inspired by Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai, who founded The Green Belt Movement as a means to empower women in her community, provide food, and reforest degraded land.
It's about simple gesture having a profound impact, and it leans back on Emily's own childhood in Australia, where land damaged by early settlers is now being replenished.
“I grew up planting trees with my family along the Blackwood River to help prevent erosion, and in barren paddocks that had been cleared for livestock during colonisation,” she added, “Those lessons stuck with me and I’ve continued to support tree-planting schemes, especially in Australia where there are huge problems with salinity due to swathes of land being cleared by the early settlers.”
A beautiful vignette, you can check out 'The Woman Who Planted Trees' below.
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