Having supported the likes of Let’s Eat Grandma and This Is The Kit, as well as performing at a number of intimate Sofar Sounds sessions, Bristol-based artist Emily Magpie has now followed last year’s ‘The Witching Hour’ with new EP ‘Be Your Own Light’.
The most personal of Emily’s releases so far, it’s a fluid collection of heartfelt offerings flowing with folk-inspired melodies and tinges of electronica.
Kicking things off is perhaps the highlight of the collection, ‘Last Train’. As effervescent melodies and stirring resonant vocals flow, telling a story of lost love, it becomes instantly clear that Magpie has matured greatly since last year’s EP. Now, juxtaposing a raw honesty with her trademark twinkling sounds, she has created something breathtaking in its melancholic splendour.
Continuing the sparkling charm, ‘Stranger’ interweaves whirring ukulele hooks with shimmering keys and hefty bass tones; these intricate musical layers providing the backdrop to Emily’s soaring vocals and a gentle sense of romanticism. On third, and title, track ‘Be Your Own Light’, however, Magpie puts an emphasis on the pulsating electronic layers, and experiments using found sounds of bird song from her parents’ Cornish garden.
Combining these delicate natural sounds with a glitchy, progressive edge, the track flows with a sweeping emotion and uplifting grace.
Closing the EP, Things I’d Do oozes sultry, seductive tones as Magpie’s rich luscious vocals soar alongside its dreamy, glistening musicality.
All in all, Be Your Own Light is a truly innovative work of art of which Emily Magpie should be extremely proud. Signalling a great development of her distinctive sound, it also showcases her enhanced production skills and a new depth of meaning to her poetic lyricism. Her songwriting has matured into something utterly unique, refreshingly honest and simply heartbreakingly beautiful.
Completely self-produced by Magpie herself, Be Your Own Light is out now.