New Release: Sophie Jamieson – Release / Forward

Sophie Jamieson continues her return after a transformative five years outside of music with new EP ‘Release’, out December 1st.

First emerging at 22-years-old, Jamieson’s debut EP ‘Where’ resulted in sought-after tour support slots with the likes of Marika Hackman and Pale Seas. A disastrous recording session of her follow-up, however, contributed to a breakdown where self-destructive habits took hold. Now 29, Jamieson continues her comeback resolved in who she is and what she wants to say.

Focusing on a depressive period of intense loneliness, ‘Release’ is produced by Steph Marziano (Hayley Williams, Ex: Re, Denai Moore, Lazy Day). It follows hot on the heels of EP ‘Hammer’, which arrived in February, and ‘Climb’, a song she co-wrote alongside Charlie Cunningham, who she supported on a string of European shows in February. She was then set to support Samantha Crain on her UK tour before that got shelved due to COVID-19.

“Release was written during one of the loneliest periods of my life. Becoming disconnected from those close to me, I searched for connection blindly, drinking past blackout and getting myself into trouble. The next day I would find a way to punish myself. It was a vicious circle”, Jamieson explains.

Lead single ‘Forward’ finds Jamieson lending her distinctive vocal to a soundscape that swells and falls; a river flowing too fast for you to chart the current.

“’Forward’ is about trying to find some control amid chaos” states Jamieson. “My instinct for years had been to deny that a period of time had happened, to empty myself of its trace – but at this point I began to understand that I could accept it, that it is part of who I am and that I do not have to destroy the evidence of my past in order to move forward”.

Elsewhere on the EP, the title track imagines Jamieson embroiled in a blissful bubble of self-destruction, whilst ‘Concrete’ recalls the relief she felt in flight as a car knocked her off her bicycle.

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