Australian singer/songwriter Emma Hewitt has one of the most distinctive voices in trance, hearkening comparisons to Enya and Enigma. She first appeared on the scene as the vocalist on Chris Lake’s 2007 smash Carry Me Away, and since has worked with the likes of Dash Berlin and Cosmic Gate, to name a few. Now on the eve of her debut artist album, Emma has released first single Colours, along with a music video (see below) and an official Armin van Buuren remix first premiered on Universal Religion 5.
Written about the passing of her grandfather, Colours is a deeply moving track that works well both in and outside of the trance sound. In the album version, heavy beats are forgone for more introspective sounds. A steady guitar pattern, swelling synths wrapped in strings and ambient vocals, and drums with heavy reverb carry the listener into contemplative reverie. The Armin van Buuren remix is, unsurprisingly, much more energetic, but still maintains the ethereal air of the original before breaking into a techy drop with an unforgettable melody that has been wowing his audiences for months. You know this track must hold a special place in Armin’s heart considering the Armind stamp of approval–I hope it will hold a special place in your heart as well!