SOPHIE MORGAN ‘SONS & DAUGHTERS’
You don’t have to be a protest-frequenting leftist to understand what a tumultuous time the world is in. With fake news littering our once-trusted knowledge centers, and hyperpassionate political parties driving our belief systems in more disparate directions, it’s hard to remember the foundational grounds of human connection by which we all came to inhabit and coexist on this earth. It’s during these times, where supposed rationality is impregnated with the jutting knife of unjust bias, that the rays of empathy may illuminate the sparkle of water, the lushness of greenery, and the warmth of human skin. It’s during these times, where being grounded in the sensuality of sensory experience and the overflowing ecstasy of emotional connection may allow us to remember the sameness of the human experience.
In her latest release “Sons and Daughters,” folk priestess Sophie Morgan tells of this irrefutable human connection. Paralleling relationships of large communities with that of a family, Sophie illustrates the importance of reaching out to one person in a time of need — not only signifying the reverberations that a single act of positivity can have on an entire community, but also encouraging this act of kindness in the first place on the basis of sameness. Just as you would help your brother in a time of need, so would he help you in your own times of trouble.
“I will watch you in the corner and I will call out your name,” Sophie assures, atop a soothing bed of comforting strings and woodwind bellows. I imagine Sophie on a countryside hike, passing by a lake much like that in her album cover. Stumbling across an upset younger sibling, Sophie touches the child’s shoulder, lifting him out of his fearful self-retreat, inviting him into the exciting depths of the refreshing water.
“Hopes and fears of sons and daughters all begin…and all end the same,” Sophie reassures, nearby sparrows chirping along in agreement. Though she’s only twenty-one, Sophie’s sentiments echo those of her folking foremothers, the Joan Baez’s and Joni Mitchell’s of the last century, harbingers of change, positivity, and togetherness despite former times that likewise questioned the strength of human emotion. “The song is a sort of rejoice,” Sophie remarks — leading and educating through smile-bearing helping hands, and celebration of life’s miracles.
Keep your ear on this angel-voiced Liverpoolian – a prodigious musician whose talents arose at the young age of six, Sophie has already stacked up support from the likes of BBC Introducing and 6 Music, as well as a longstanding studio collaboration with the Verve’s Simon Jones. And don’t touch that dial – ‘Sons & Daughters’ is merely the call to arms (with which we don heart-warming hugs), as the amuse-bouche title track of her forthcoming EP out on 21st September.