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Image – Alecia van Aarde

Dreamy, synth-driven melodies, cinematic progressions, powerful pop vocals, and punchy beats – this is the sonic palate of alt-pop duo EMERGER, formed by Emma de Goede (lead vocalist/pianist), and Gerry Matthee (producer/multi-instrumentalist), while studying music at the University of Cape Town.

Alecia van Aarde

Image – Alecia van Aarde

Since the release of their debut mini-album ‘Bloom’ in 2018, EMERGER has been making waves both nationally and overseas. Their debut single, ‘Break & Fall’ was a winner of the Avid and Abbey Road Studios International Song Contest, picked from nearly 5000 international entries. The Los Angeles based producer and judge of the contest, John Feldmann (Goldfinger, Blink-182) said: “They have a great cinematic landscape to their music… and are a good example of what modern music can be.” They had the opportunity to travel to Abbey Road Studios in London for the mastering of this winning song. They were also selected as Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight for the month of July (2018). Their music has been featured on various Apple Music playlists, including 10 Albums You Must Hear This Month as well as on the BBC Introducing radio show in the UK.

‘Bloom’ was written, recorded and produced by the duo. To finish it off, some of SA’s best sound-mixers worked on ‘Bloom’, including Johnny de Ridder (Fokofpolisiekar), David Langemann (Freshlyground) and Andrew Rawbone-Viljoen (Diamond Thug), with mastering by Christian Wright (Radiohead, Coldplay) at Abbey Road Studios in London, where the duo also attended the session.

In January 2019, EMERGER hosted their sold-out Live Launch at The Raptor Room in Cape Town. Since then they have opened for Goodluck at the V&A Waterfront and played to capacity audiences at the Castle of Good Hope, Café Roux, The Jagger Lounge, The House of Machines, Aces ’n’ Spades and Mercury Live with their slick live act. The duo was approached by Bad Weather Productions to collaborate for Mediatech Africa 2019, where they performed their music, synced to incredible visuals at the Blackbox stage in the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg. A recent highlight for EMERGER was playing on the main stage at Up The Creek Festival in February 2020, making it their festival debut.

EMERGER continues to perform in and around Cape Town and is currently in the studio, working on exciting new singles and music videos. EMERGER is also to premier their first official music video on 21 April 2020 for their single “Urban Wilderness”.


About Urban Wilderness:

“We wrote Urban Wilderness as a homage to Cape Town. It’s the city which we both grew up in and fell in love with. The contrast between urban landscapes and scenic vistas of mountains and forests could inspire us for a lifetime. While we were studying at the University of Cape Town’s College of Music, we would always dream of the day when we could travel the world with our music. When we found ourselves surrounded by the urban sprawl of London, we held on to sweet memories of our beloved hometown, its beaming natural beauty and vibrant culture.”

Directed by:
Emma de Goede
Gerry Matthee

Kyle Wesson

Performance cinematography:
Hugo Brand

Kyle Wesson
Emma de Goede
Gerry Matthee

Colour grading:
Kyle Wesson

Lead vocals:
Emma de Goede

Guitars, synths and piano:
Gerry Matthee
Marco Maritz
Bass guitar:
Eugene Ackerman
Drums & percussion:
Jarryd West

Song Credits:
Music and lyrics were written,
recorded and produced by Gerry Matthee
Co-produced and mixed by David Langemann
Mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios