Scottish singer-songwriter Millie Hanlon Cole (aka. Magpie Blue) first impressed our ears just months ago, when she released her debut single ‘Just In Time‘ via Seahorse Music. Not one to rest on her laurels, Magpie Blue returns with another stunning new number, ‘Haunted,’ again produced by Rod Jones of Scottish indie heroes, Idlewild.
It’s another self assured release, once again focusing its lyrical gaze inward, as it ruminates on emotional confusion and turmoil. In her own words: “The lyrics are about confusion and not knowing how a situation is going to go no matter how many times you play it out in your head. Its about being manipulated or ‘gaslighted’ by someone; having your version of reality deliberately distorted by someone.”
Sonically there’s real craftsmanship on display here, but at all times showcasing an admirable level of restraint. The melody remains tight and focused; and with able backing courtesy of drummer, Michael Reid of Man of Moon and guitarist, Louise McCraw of Goodnight Louisa, Magpie Blue’s emotive vocals are allowed to take centre stage, with comparisons to the likes of Jeff Buckley, PJ Harvey and Anna Calvi finding themselves fully justified once again in this number. For someone so early on into their career, there’s a real “lived-in” quality to her sound, that of an old soul who has the emotional maturity required to tackle deep subject matters with a strong conviction.
With two fantastic releases under her belt so far this year, we’re waiting once again with eager ears to hear what else Magpie Blue has in store for us. Having gained much traction over the past few months, including airplay and praise from BBC 6Music, BBC Radio Scotland and Amazing Radio, the artist will keep the ball rolling with a short spell of headline dates across the UK, this November.
‘Haunted’ is out now on Seahorse Music – available to Stream/Purchase here.
Magpie Blue’s Autumn tour dates are, as follows:
7th Nov – Servant Jazz Quarters, London
19th Nov – Hug and Pint, Glasgow
20th Nov – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh