Needle Drop: Emily Magpie, “Be Your Own Light” EP

Having received acclaim from Mahogany, The Line Of Best Fit, and Earmilk, and wowed crowds supporting bands such as Let’s Eat Grandma and This Is The Kit, Bristol-based artist Emily Spetch—aka Emily Magpie—has now shared a brand new EP. Completely self-produced at her parents’ house in Cornwall, “Be Your Own Light” is a wonderfully eclectic collection of ethereal sounds, all tied together by the smooth splendour of Emily’s rich vocals.

Opening the EP is the totally captivating “Last Train.” Rich with heart-wrenching and honest emotion, it exhibits a grittier edge than previous releases, whilst retaining those trademark shimmering melodies that we’ve come to know and love. Propelled by the raw, impassioned depth of Spetch’s vocals, it flows with an utterly engrossing angelic majesty.

“Stranger” fuses glitchy beats with delicate finger-picked ukulele and twinkling keys. Showcasing Spetch’s knack for unique, refined production—it’s a perfect amalgamation of sounds, resulting in something truly spellbinding. Using found natural sounds, the EP’s title track is a perfectly dreamy slice of downtempo electro pop, with shades of folk-inspired musicality. Complete with pulsating beats, Emily’s celestial vocal urges you to “be your own light.”

Closing the EP, uplifting ditty “Things I’d Do” flows with a luscious sweeping splendour, exuding an effervescent romanticism and reflecting on the childlike innocence of new love. With lyrics such as “tanned skin and candy floss, I’ll love you forever or a week and a half,” it’ll leave you completely at peace with the world.

So, delve into the magical world of Emily Magpie’s “Be Your Own Light”—a collection showcasing this upcoming artist’s exquisite knowledge of her craft.

“Be Your Own Light” is in stores now.

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