Single of the week: Sophie Jamieson – Forward review

by Joseph Purcell

Sophie Jamieson returns from a five-year hiatus with the intense, haunting new single, Forward. Born amid the darkness of a breakdown, this atmospheric gem is the musical result of one of the most difficult periods in Jamieson’s life.

‘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,’ Jamieson states, and it’s from this turmoil that she has found a self-assuredness – resulting in this immaculate ode to the complexities of life.

Now that the self punishment is over, Forward sees Jamieson pleading for the answers she so desperately needed – her searching vocal asking – ‘take me with you, which way is forward?’ She floats throughout, riding the waves of her pain through the song’s beautiful, subtle production until the light comes into view, and she comes to the end of her turbulent voyage.

Forward is taken from the upcoming, self-released EP – Release – out on 1st December.

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