SEE: Sophie Jamieson – ‘Release’: a stunning folktronic search for feeling

FIVE YEARS away from music – but Sophie Jamieson has lost not a jot of her musical acuity.

A recording session all that time ago collapsed leaving Sophie uncertain after her lauded debut EP, Where; self-doubt built upon self-doubt and she retreated.

But she’s dusted herself down, going on tour with Charlie Cunningham across Europe last year. Returning self-confidence brought her back to the studio and she released an EP, Hammer, back in February, just before it happened, resulting in a planned tour with Samantha Crain falling by the wayside.

And boy, is that an EP – you can still pick up the vinyl and the CD, and I suggest you maybe ought – that title track is folktronica of the most scalding and sobering stripe.

She debuted the first track from her forthcoming Release EP, “Forward”, last month; we fell for it hard, noting its “confessional elegance.”

And this morning she’s inviting is to explore the seductive depths of the title track from that December EP, “Release”; you can watch the video below. Fail to be enamoured, I dare thee.

After her retreat from recording half a decade ago, Sophie struggled with her mental health; you can hear her sing out some of those demons, her voice cathartic, articulate, swooping, caressing, urging, almost raging.

The short film careers through Soho, looking backwards, on a gathering dusk of social gatherings; have you ever walked among the normal business of a city, so close yet so alienated, your own life snapped, a ghost in the urban machine, a camera only seeing?

The song is instrumentally low-key, with a smattering of electronica texturing; Sophie is the absolute magnetic dead centre of this song, lamenting how someone has ” … let me go / From your kindness / To a new kind of blindness … “. She hits upon a certain beautiful melody-mantra, and fastens to it over the duration of six minutes, the power coming in all the way she articulates those notes in new emotional shades; how she recasts the melody in the soreness of a new lyrical inversion. It’s stunning.

Sophie says: “This song is a search for peace by any means necessary. I wanted to escape how I felt, to blur it and take the edge off it, to indulge in it and then leave it behind.

“It reflects the constant effort to balance feeling too much and feeling nothing; the desperate search for equilibrium that only ever ends in chaos.”

Elsewhere on the EP, she brings us tunes examining time spent in a blissful bubble of self-destruction and the absurd relief she felt in flight as a car knocked her off her bike. It won’t be easy in there, but it will be a beauteous and righteous postcard, dropping just in time for whatever possibly weird and roguish shape the festive season may present as this year.

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