Emily Wells won't say exactly why she left Los Angeles, only that when she moved out of town three years ago, it was simply time to go. Wells is funny and easy to talk to, but the hesitation in her voice concerning this subject suggests some sort of ordeal.
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The clues are in the music. Wells' 2012 LP, Mama is an album about loss and grief. A new companion piece, Mama Acoustic Recordings, out yesterday, features pared down versions of the same songs. While a typical performance might find Wells, 31, playing a dozen instruments, she made this latest LP using just her voice and a guitar, recording each song in one take. She sings quietly on the new album, because, she says, she felt quieter about the subject matter this second time around. The stage of grief that these two albums represent, Mama Acoustic, Wells says, is acceptance.More »