Song Premiere: Sophia Marshall “Bye Bye”
As one-half of the highly acclaimed band The HaveNots, Sophia Marshall made her mark on the Americana UK scene. In 2015, Marshall launched her solo career and has continued to develop her musical voice, showcasing her individuality alongside influences worn on her sleeve, but presented with sincerity and often painful honesty. On October 6th, Marshall will release her debut album Bye Bye which keeps its roots in Americana yet harks back to elements of 90s trip hop and closes with an acapella sea shanty that draws a line of influence around the world from British folk to African choirs to the spirituals of the Deep South. The clever and subtle arrangements make full use of her intuitive harmony but also incorporate fractured electronics and loops as her songs take unexpected twists and turns, throwing up unusual chords and timings that mark her out with an originality and quirkiness.
Today, Marshall shares the title track of the album, an easy on the ears airy shuffler which ponders the dissolution a friendship. Marshall says about the track, “It’s about pushing your best friend away and not being able to understand how so much love turned into such a mess.”