At a time when originality in the music industry feels like it has hit an all-time low, Uno Prism is smashing the mould into smithereens, starting with new single “Into Place”. Uno Prism is Emma Welsby, a classically-trained Scottish musician now settled in Manchester. Her chosen instrument, the vibraphone, was far from conventional – it’s an instrument which has dipped its toe into popular culture (Roy Ayers; Evelyn Glennie) but has rarely reared up to take to spotlight. All this is set to change with Uno Prism’s ravishingly stylish nu-jazz-inflected electronica, combining Emma’s vibes expertise with bone-rattling bass rhythms, sweeping cinematic strings, gossamer-like vocals and electronic thrums.
Uno Prism is music with a purpose, for both the artist and the listener. With a handful of tracks written by Emma in 2016 in the aftermath of a relationship break-up and at least one broken heart, she found that the music wasn’t just cathartic but was working, to use her own phrase, as a “decompression from life”. Uno Prism’s eclectic sound provides the carefully woven layers of sound which allow you to truly immerse yourself in a world which is free from everyday demands.
This has particularly been so for the artist, being a sufferer from Crohn’s disease, an incurable, debilitating condition. Emma has been in demand as a percussionist for many years, having played drums at festivals around Europe for Harley Davidson motorbikes to playing on a number one hit album. Equally adept at playing both vibraphone and marimba, Emma’s classical training as a percussionist marries with her passion for downtempo and jazz, bringing the sounds of all three alongside a sweeping, utterly engrossing experience which has garnered comparisons to The Cinematic Orchestra and Bonobo.
The name Uno Prism represents herself (Uno) and the prism of people around her that she needs to bridge the divide between the sonic soundscapes in her mind and the real world.