Single Review: Holly Rees' 'Magpie'
The very first time I heard the music of Holly Rees I was exploring artists on SoundCloud and I stumbled on her debut EP ‘ILEX’. I was blown away; spellbound by a voice so sweet and honest accompanied by a stripped down acoustic guitar.
‘Better’ was personal favourite, I had it on repeat for days.
So when I did some further digging, it was no surprise that she is endorsed by Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6 Music) and has supported the likes of X Factor’s Sam Lavery and Joseph J Jones. As well as more recently performances at Hit the North and the O2 Academy with Indie pop makers CoCo and the Butterfields.
Everything I loved about her debut release is on her new single, ‘Magpie’.
The same sweetness and tone of voice is present, but in these delightful two and a half minutes it is augmented percussion, vocal harmonies and choppier guitar playing.
She takes her music from the folkier side of Laura Marling, which we heard on previous material, to closer to Courtney Barnett territory. Her lyrics sound like she’s telling you, the listener, a story and leaving in the fret noises as the chords are changed in the chorus creates the impression that she is playing the song right in front of you. It’s very intimate sounding track.
This is Holly’s most accomplished release to date and with a recently launched Pateron page, playing The Cluny 2 stage at Evolution Emerging and a tour with Matt Dunbar coming up; it all seems to be going onwards and upwards for Holly.
'Magpie' is due to be released on the 8th of June, you can follow Holly and her projects on her social media to make sure you don't miss a thing.
While you wait for the official single release however, you can check out the wonderful acoustic session we did in the run up to Evo Emerging below: