Posted: December 11, 2020 in MUSIC
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With echoes of Laura Marling, Joni Mitchell and Bon Iver heard throughout her music, while still retaining her own very uniquely honed sound, Morgan Harper-Jones possesses a voice to stop you in your tracks. Rochdale’s Morgan Harper-Jones has already set her stall out as a confident, honest songwriter with her first two singles “Lie To Me” and “Breathe”. Continuing down that road, with a take-no-prisoners swagger on her third single, she demonstrates maturity and sure-footedness on her latest offering, “Typical”.

Creating atmospheric tension from the start with off-kilter chords and Morgan Harper-Jones‘ gravelly vocals, “Typical” relies on raw emotion and subtle strings to elicit fleeting moments of positivity in between darker episodes of self-doubt. With rhythmic piano keys ticking away in the background conjuring up a sense of foreboding, the overall result is a dramatic and deliberate track from the 23-year-old.

Explaining the feelings behind “Typical”, Harper-Jones said, “It’s hard to love someone who doesn’t want to be loved… So honestly don’t waste your time or energy. I wrote ‘Typical’ as an ‘eye roll and exit’ song, loosely inspired by activist Gina Martin’s wise words: ‘Loving someone shouldn’t make you feel like you need to make yourself more loveable. You shouldn’t have to work to convince someone to love you and want to spend time with you. Your relationship, like your friendships, should be your solace in this mad world. Do yourself a favour and take inconsistency, lack of interest or de-prioritisation as a no.’”

With “Typical”, Harper-Jones has another striking single under her belt, with her natural song-writing ability shining through.

‘I wrote this with my friend Rob [Milton],’ Harper-Jones says, discussing her single Lie To Me. ‘We both decided we wanted to write a song that was mostly carried by a vocal and vocoder. I was literally ranting to him about my love life when the chorus lyric was written. The majority of the lyrics came out very naturally and conversationally and stuck.’

“Lie to Me” by British singer/songwriter Morgan Harper-Jones is a beautifully intense experience! The song instantly grabs you, raises the hair on your arms in a good way, and makes you fall head-over-heels in love with this incredible artist. The song itself is carefully arranged, giving Morgan Harper-Jones’ vocals the room they deserve to shine, plus a little guitar strumming, mindful drums, and not much else. She starts her song with “I’m not one for sweet nothings”, and when asked about the inspiration for “Lie To Me”, Morgan Harper-Jones sums it all up with:

Harper-Jones adds a top tip for songwriters: ‘Avoid sending a song you wrote about someone to that same person as a means to convey your emotions because it’s creepy and weird.’

21 year old singer-songwriter Morgan Harper-Jones has a beautiful and uniquely soulful voice and is inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Laura Marling & Alice Pheobe Lou.

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