Comedian Ember Knight has spent two years secretly recording "The Disappointment Cowboy".
Our first glimpse was a single - “Old Yeller” - which appeared in August of 2017. The following March, a mysterious act opened for Geneva Jacuzzi: out from under a giant blue umbrella spilled dancers in velvet, a pillow fight, gargling solos, violent group laughter, and spoken-word facts about frogs. They called themselves Ember & His Orchestra.
Initially, this ten-piece band was developed just to perform the album live. “The Disappointment Cowboy” is a melodically complex homage to friendships lost, and while 90% of it was recorded by Knight alone in their bedroom, the live renditions require a delicate blending of stringed instruments, keys, pots and pans, a harp, theremin, and even puppetry for visual aid. Recorded or live, their hard-to-define music takes the listener on a theme-park ride through excitement, playfulness, trauma, and crippling depression - arriving at a conclusion that emotional honesty is our only hope.
Images by: Light Proof Media, Richard M Johnson, Sara Cath, Shannon Leigh & headshot by Dustyn Hiett