Sophia Marshall “The Paper Thin EP” (Independent, 2016)

sophia-marshall-2016Best known as one half of the acclaimed and much missed Havenots, Leicester’s Sophia Marshall has been absent from the music scene for some time.  She’s recently dipped her toe back in and the results are a few gigs and this five track EP.  Live, her delightfully delicate and fragile vocals, shown to such good effect in the Havenots, sometimes struggle to be heard above the full band she gigs with.  In the studio of course such things aren’t an issue and the light, summery pop feel of her music whirls the listener along on a gossamer trail that delights and entrances.

Marshall has an ear for a melody and a chorus, as evidenced by opener “Wasted Days”, while the melancholy elsewhere sounds as bittersweet as you could wish for.  She saves the best for last, as “The Devil And The Hollow”, while slightly atypical with its stately rhythm, has depth and heart to spare.  An album must surely follow.

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