The second EP from Bristol-based Emily Magpie, The Witching Hour proves that she is never one to shy away from celestial and mythical soundscapes.
Opener and title track ‘The Witching Hour’ is ethereal and ambient – Emily’s taut vocal howling over an electronic instrumental, presenting themes of feminine empowerment. Lyrics filled with lunar imagery tie in to the track’s name, as it skirts around the otherworldly and eerie. Sounds of rain are reflected in the song’s silky percussion, with transparent guitar notes and deep bass echoing the ghostly lyrics.
‘Leave it to Fate’ is soft, with spiralling minimalist guitars and deep production, bleeding into its successor ‘Angel Face’ – a raw, mismatched song that feels more personal, with its heartbeat-like beats and romantic lyrics.
Beginning with the line “Paint your faces, and pound your chest”, ‘When We Find It’ pairs unsettling lyrics with stilted, glitchy music box beats and a haunting, child-like instrumental; closing the EP with something obscure and memorably unsettling.
A release dusted with moments of golden artistry, The Witching Hour sees Emily explore minimalism and electronica, with a focus on celestial and eerie folk-tinged soundscapes. Explaining the record, Emily explains “it’s about claiming your own power deep from within you” – and on listening to it, it’s certainly hard not to feel the pull of a certain magical force.
Inspired by travelling across South America, Emily worked alongside co-producer Anuj Robin to create the mystical, ambient beauty of The Witching Hour.
The Witching Hour is out now, and you can catch Emily Magpie live over the next few months:
12th December: Leftbank, Bristol
18th December: The Finsbury, London (for Lost In The Manor)
12th January: St Petrocs Church, Bodmin (supporting This Is The Kit)
9th March: The Finsbury, London (for Get In Her Ears!!)