Following up a 2013 EP, Toronto's Emilia presents her first full album, E. Featuring smooth singing from the 22-year-old, there's some pop, jazz, a bit of club stuff, everything centered around her voice. She's at her best with piano ballads such as The City Misses You, a track that doesn't try to be anything too modern. It's actually the retro charms that appeal the most, such as Howard Moore's trumpet work after some nicely-plucked double-bass.
Even though she's a one-named singer, there aren't many diva moments here, she's no over-emoter. She's the writer too, and given the wide range of material and moods, there are lots of ways for her to proceed. Again, I like the softer side, Dizzy another piano track with the softest accompaniment, just letting her good pipes do the work. That kind of stuff never goes out of style.