Emily Beanblossom is an artist and musician from Chicago Illinois. Her live performances are structured around minimalist compositions using both analog and digital tools, including tape loops, live feedback, voice, and digital synthesis. She is pursuing an MFA in Sound Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, studying composition processes (or methods/systems) for music and sound. Rooted in DIY music culture, Beanblossom strives to make a lot with only a little.
Beanblossom was active in the Olympia scene from 2007-2011 in bands like Georgy, Legs the Crab, Karczol, and others, but was best known as the frontwoman for the raucous noise rock band Christmas.
Following extensive U.S. tours with Christmas, the singer retreated for a time to her family farm and began work on the darker, more organic sounds that would become Ruby Fray. Between gigs with Christmas and her fledgling business as a soap maker, she began performing stripped-down solo shows with these new songs.
In 2012, Beanblossom relocated from Olympia to Austin, Texas, where she began performing Ruby Fray shows more frequently. In the spring of 2012, Ruby Fray's debut LP, Pith, was released on K Records. Pith found Beanblossom's goth-charged indie songs augmented by a cast of players from the K Records and Olympia community, including members of LAKE, Angelo Spencer, Calvin Johnson, and Jake Jones, her bandmate from Christmas.
After moving to Austin, Beanblossom recorded her second Ruby Fray album with members of These Are Words, Ghetto Ghouls, Legs the Crab, Hotegia, and Clayface. Inspired by the wildlife of her new hometown, Grackle arrived in September 2014 on K Records.
After relocating to Chicago, IL, Beanblossom went on to pursue a MFA in Sound Art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, focusing on composition and synthesis.