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A good EP should leave you wanting more. It is, in essence, a preview for new material - a chance for an artist to show what they're capable of and build anticipation for a full record. Morly takes this even further on her debut EP, In Defense Of My Muse, by serving up extraordinary sonic explorations with the bare minimum of ingredients. A quiet, meditative collection of tracks, it's in many ways a perfect headphones record, such is the intricacy and subtle beauty of the songs presented here.

In Defense Of My Muse opens with 'You Came To Dis Sky', a cold, melancholic number which leans heavily on an echoing piano and a guitar line which fades in and out as Morly stretches and manipulates it into ghostly wailings. As the song progresses a jittery, two-step influenced beat is introduced, along with deep electronic kick drum thuds. Amidst this is chopped and looped sample of Morly singing, the words largely unintelligible aside from "dis sky". It gives the song an ambiguity, yet despite this manages to be deeply affecting. The repeated vocals haunting you as you struggle to derive meaning from them.

'You Came To Dis Sky' is a slow track, which builds gradually, yet simply. The introduction of percussion is handled well, with the heartbeat like kick drum added first, then the rest of the beat as the song loops around again and again. The nature of the beat adds an element of variation to the track ensuring that whilst it still has a coldness to it, it doesn't come across as lifeless or mechanical.

'Seraphese' opens with slightly ominous yet distant percussion, much like the muffled pulse of a nightclub heard from the street. It gently segues into a soulful electronic track with a beautifully sad piano line combining with soft ambient swells. The percussive thump from the opening fades into the background, almost drowned out by the delicate arrangement in the foreground. A scattering of synth bleeps and percussive clicks add warmth and texture to the track as do Morly's wordless vocals.

The crystalline instrumentation of 'And Sooner Than We Know It...' brings a sense of magical wonder to the EP. Paired with choral vocals and a steady percussion, all '80s claps and digital fills, it's ambient music reimagined for a euphoric club night. Of all the tracks on here, this is the one that feels like it would work just as well played out of big speakers, the glistening lead sitting front and centre, with little to distract the listener. That's not to say that 'And Sooner Than We Know It...' is a weaker, or even simpler song, but it presents itself clearly and show how Morly is capable of making music that can work as a more communal listening experience.

The EP closes with 'Drone Poem (In Defense of My Muse)'. Unlike the three songs which precede it, 'Drone Poem' has a greater focus on lyrics, with Morly's vocals un-modulated. Over deep bass and buzzing swells she sings of a failing love. "No I didn't love you / and I know I never will," Morly sings in the chorus. Like much of the EP, there's an ambiguity to the song and it's likely that each listener will take something different from the song. Given the reference to the idea of a muse and the track's repeated allusions to taking, but never giving, it could be inferred that the song is about the relationship between artist and muse. The muse is seen as an instrument of inspiration, a being to give the artist's work life, but is given nothing in return. Molly's chorus line is defiant, it suggests the singer is comfortable in maintaining this one-way exchange. Later the perspective seems to shift as Morly tells the audience, "I'm going to love them / so they can feel the same." This could simply be the artist taking on different personas, or the defiant individual from the start of the song has been won over to following a more symbiotic, reciprocal relationship.

'Drone Poem' ends the EP in a haze of violent static, a stark contrast to the delicate instrumentals that came before. And yet as you listen again to the EP, knowing where it is heading this time, you realise it was building to that all along. Morly has created a complete, coherent EP with its own musical soundscape, which for a debut, is no mean feat. Based on these four tracks alone, Morly is one to watch for the future and overall In Defense Of My Muse provides a tantalising glimpse at what may lie ahead.

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