Emma Dean | Hanging Out The Washing

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Hanging Out The Washing

by Emma Dean

Hanging Out The Washing is the outstanding debut EP from Australian piano-based singer/songwriter Emma Dean. It showcases Emma’s quirky versatility, from the touch of country in "Over-drive" to the autobiographical ballad "The Wind".
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Henry
3:52 album only
2. The Wind
4:09 album only
3. Over-drive
3:19 album only
4. Taking It Easy Again
2:51 album only


Album Notes

“When has this inventive singer/songwriter ever put a foot wrong? Retiring her folk-pop duo Bittersuite to strike out on her own, 21-year-old Dean continues to take risks with her solo work and still pulls off every lilted note with absolute class and chilling intuitiveness.”
Time Off (Brisbane, Australia) August 2005


Emma - vocals, keyboard (tr 1, 3 & 4), grand piano (tr 2), violin (tr 1)
Rohan Hardy - electric guitar (tr 1, 3 & 4))
Chris Pearson - bass guitar (tr 1, 3 & 4)
Tony Dean - drums (tr 1, 3 & 4)

The EP was recorded and mixed by Daniel Taylor and mastered by Dave Neil.
The graphics design and photograpy is by Tegan Rickards.
Words & Music © E Dean 2005


Emma Dean is a young piano-based singer/songwriter from Brisbane Australia.

At the age of three, Emma began her ‘studies’ at the Stoliarsky School of Music and this is where she started playing the violin and amongst other things, learnt quite quickly 'Who took the cookie from the cookie jar?'! Not long after, an upright piano became an added piece of furniture in the Dean household and before long, Emma was writing songs!

After performing as part of the duo 'Bittersuite' for three years, Emma began an exciting solo career with the release of her debut EP 'Hanging Out The Washing' in 2005.

Since her solo debut, Emma has performed in many music venues around Brisbane (eg The Troubadour, Spark Bar, The Zoo, QPAC Concert Hall) and at venues along the Australian east coast (eg The Vanguard Sydney, Cornish Arms Melbourne). She has also performed at festivals (eg Groove and Grape Festival, 2 High Festival, Queensland Biennial, Brisbane Festival, Woodford Folk Festival) and at corporate events (eg Australian of the year Awards).

In November 2006, Emma performed alongside five other women in Brisbane’s famous annual production 'Women in Voice' (WiV) and in December, she performed alongside David Campbell in the 'Spirit of Christmas' concerts with The Queensland Orchestra. This show was telecast nationally around Australia on ABCTV on Christmas Day

Late in 2006, Emma released her second EP 'Face Painter' (also available at CD Baby). On this EP, one reviewer wrote:

“This second EP from Brisbane piano chanteuse Emma Dean explodes with life, and further showcases the extraordinary talent this 23-year-old possesses. From the highly infectious opener '3 Meals' and its killer chorus (seriously, you can't hit the repeat button quick enough); Where do I belong? Is it in your arms or is it somewhere I can learn to be strong? to the stunning 'Chai Tea', where Dean delivers an intimate and graceful serenade. The record echoes Regina Spektor in its flawless exchanges between rock, pop, jazz and folk; at times you'll be jumping around your lounge ('Good Song') and at others you'll be sharing a revealing glass of wine with the lady herself ('Too Fat For Ballet'). If the thought of finding yourself in a record entices you, then let Emma Dean guide you.”
Time Off (Brisbane, Australia) 20-26 December 2006

Emma’s voice is as sultry as it is beautiful and her music has been described variously as quirky, original, inventive, jazzy, soulful, honest, and dynamic.



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