Indie singer-songwriter Emma Noren released “Garden,” a dreamy musing of past lives and future plans conjured together by soft, sweet vocals and warm, equally soft riffs. The track was produced by Noren herself and engineered by Cal Barter, whose previous work includes tracks with Courtney Barnett and Vance Joy.
In a press release, Noren explained that “Garden is this metaphor for all of my biggest, most embarrassing dreams – everything I want to do and be – and me shaking myself by the shoulders to wake up and realize that what I have and who I am now is actually pretty cool.”
“It represents this intimate, torturous obsession that I have with the future and the unattainable, and attempts to bring me back to reality,” she said. “It’s intended to be a bit of a soft slap on the cheek, a push to focus on what’s right in front of me and how beautiful it is, and a gentle reminder that we have time to grow and get there on our own time.”
Hailing from Northern California, Noren weaves surf rock influence into indie pop to create a warm, soft sound with vulnerable lyricism – proclaiming “what it feels like to be alive.” Her debut EP, Good Dream, released in 2021 carries a similar vibe and tells stories of both heartbreak and euphoria, and endings and beginnings.