EP: Emily Magpie – ‘The Witching Hour’

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!!)

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Introducing Interview: Emily Magpie

Having wowed crowds at Green Man Festival and Sofar Sounds sessions, as well as us at Get In Her Ears when she came in – boombox in tow – to be the loveliest of guests on our radio show earlier this year, Bristol-based artist Emily Magpie is now set to release her sophomore EP.

Filled with all the dreamy, electro-folk sounds you could ever possibly need, The Witching Hour is a collection of utterly spellbinding offerings filled with sweeping soundscapes and a captivating ethereal splendour.

Having just shared sparkling new single ‘Leave It To Fate’, we caught up with Emily to find out more…

Hi Emily! Welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a little bit about your new project?
I started this project a couple of years ago, just me and my ukulele, and knew I wanted to create a bigger sound and explore electronic elements, as in the eclectic array of music I listen to, as I’m very inspired by electronic music production. So, I started exploring, and my sound came from there.

What initially inspired you to start creating music?
I was travelling around quite a lot and had been writing poetry and singing previously, so started to form songs. It just felt like something I needed to do to express myself. I spend a lot of time day-dreaming and reflecting on the world and my life, so it’s a space for me to do that and see if other people connect with it.

We’re loving the new single ‘Leave It To Fate’ – what’s it all about?
Thank you! I wrote it when I went travelling solo in South America last year. I felt like I was walking away from a lot in my life that I liked – it was kind of weird timing and I thought “What the fuck am I doing?”, so I wanted to write a song to encourage myself to be brave and tread a path less trodden.


You’ve been compared to the likes of This Is The Kit, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
Thanks again, I love their music, it really connects with me. All sorts, hence why my sound is eclectic I guess! I love good songwriting – emotive beautiful stuff like Ibeyi, Bon Iver, Lykke Li, but then I’m a huge fan of electronic music too. At the moment I’m really into Tom Misch, Maggie Rogers, FKJ and Sylvan Esso.

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
There’s a great scene in Bristol! It’s a hub, I see music most weeks. Being a musician, you get to meet and see lots of other people making great stuff at gigs you play at, but I regularly go to watch new bands too.

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
I’ve been working my arse off with a new live set up; got a loop pedal and launch pad, and it’s ready to go! So, I’ve been enjoying playing with that on stage now. I love playing live – I like connecting with the audience, which normally translates as me chatting shit in-between songs. I need to learn how to be cooler…

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any other new/upcoming bands or artists you’d suggest we check out?
Just went to see Nugget last week – she’s a brilliant dreamy Bristol artist. Also Jausme is awesome!

And how do you feel the music industry is for new artists at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
I feel I’ve been pretty lucky really, but then my focus isn’t really on that. I think just get your head down, create from your heart, be a good person and go with the flow.

Finally, what does the rest of 2017 have in store for Emily Magpie?
Now my live set up is sorted I’m booking up gigs to get it out there, and keen to get touring lots next year. And The Witching Hour EP is out later this month!

Huge thanks to Emily for answering our questions!

The Witching Hour, the upcoming EP from Emily Magpie, is out 24th November.