Premiere: Emi Meyer Lets Go to the Groove with “When I Lose Control” ft. Keb’ Mo’

Emi Meyer © Ayaka Yamamoto
Emi Meyer © Ayaka Yamamoto
A buoyant, hearty groove full of fire and soul and a touch of anxiety, Emi Meyer’s “When I Lose Control” captures the joy of letting go, if only for a little while.
Stream: “When I Lose Control” – Emi Meyer




Emi Meyer’s latest single was written in a pre-COVID world, but like so many songs that have come out recently, it all-too perfectly captures some of the experiences and emotions that have come with this global pandemic. A buoyant, hearty groove full of fire and soul and a touch of anxiety, “When I Lose Control” captures the joy of letting go, if only for a little while.

When I Lose Control - Emi Meyer
When I Lose Control – Emi Meyer
It’s a crazy world
It’s a crazy time
I’m all alone
Almost all the time
I block them out
And I send them home
Like a queen
Sittin on a throne

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering Emi Meyer’s new single “When I Lose Control” featuring Keb’ Mo’, the artist’s fourth single of 2020. A singer/songwriter born in Kyoto and based in Seattle, with roots tying her to both Japan and the United States, Emi Meyer has weaved an illustrious and unique career for herself over the past ten years, bridging worlds and melting together genres as she embraced jazz, pop, the blues, and much more. Since she debuted in 2009, she has collaborated with a slew of highly acclaimed artists – working with Colbie Caillat and Yael Naim, as well as Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Husky Höskulds (Norah Jones and Sheryl Crow); beyond that, Meyer’s album Monochrome debuted at #1 upon its release in Japan.

Emi Meyer © Ayaka Yamamoto
Emi Meyer © Ayaka Yamamoto

Her latest follows in the path of 2020’s recent releases “Original,” “Soul Naturale,” and “Nashville Lullaby” – highlighting Meyer’s lyrical and vocal strengths in a soul / blues context. Recorded in Nashville with blues legend and Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’, “When I Lose Control” highlights the effects and impacts of anxiety on our day-to-day lives, and the relief we get for those seconds when we stop worrying and are at peace. Meyer’s voice soars as she croons confidently over a bed of pulsing guitars, horns, and drums.

But when I lose control I don’t worry
Deep inside my soul
I feel happy
When I lose control i’m in Heaven
I’m dancing
I’m singing
When I lose control I don’t worry
Deep inside my soul I feel happy
When I lose control
I’m in Heaven
Im dancing
I’m singin

“This is a song I co-wrote with Keb’Mo’. I was a huge fan of his recordings and so when I got to the studio I was impressed to find he had a seed idea for a song already waiting,” Meyer tells Atwood Magazine. “He had just gotten back from a tour in Europe a couple days before! The lyric writing was done together, and he helped me through the process of recording by emphasizing the groove and singing in the pocket. It was an extremely life changing experience and I was grateful to have such hands-on coaching in the studio. It is exactly what I hoped for from my Nashville experience. You can hear the rhythm in Keb’Mo’s recordings channeled in this song.”

“When I Lose Control” brushes stress and strain with a swath of feelgood charm, basking in the good times and casting off the bad. It’s appreciative without being naïve, yet what really make the music pop is the marriage between the instruments themselves, and then the Meyer’ finessed, raw vocal performance on top. The band is lively and groovy, capturing the essence of the song with expressive passion as Meyer sings a little freer than she has in the passed (in the pocket, as she notes). The result is an expansive, inviting experience in which all may indulge and let go, even if that only lasts a few minutes.

I break the law
I call the cops
They let me go I call the shots
I cross the t’s and I dot the i’s
I’m never wrong I’m always right
But when I lose control I don’t worry
Deep inside my soul I’m happy
When I lose control I’m in heaven
I’m dancing
I’m singin
Emi Meyer © Ayaka Yamamoto
Emi Meyer © Ayaka Yamamoto

There’s no denying the excellence of Emi Meyer’s artistry; at this juncture, we can only hope to hear more from her very soon. “When I Lose Control” speaks to the present day with effortless ease, injecting a ray of light into what can all-too often feel like a rinse and repeat. Stream Meyer’s new single exclusively on Atwood Magazine and stay tuned for more from this stellar artist!

Why do I always have to be the winner
Why do I have to be the one
To dominate the conversation at dinner
Never really havin any fun
But when I lose control I don’t worry
Deep inside my soul I’m happy
When I lose control I’m in Heaven
I’m dancing
I’m singing

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