As suckers for fantastic and somewhat idiosyncratic songwriting, offbeat pronunciations and quality production, it is no surprise that Penny Bridges stopped us in our tracks.
Reminiscent of blog favourite Sivu in places, her latest track, “You Cry Yourself Away” is a gentle, marbled swirl of gorgeous melody, vocals and texture. Beginning with an almost choral revenance, her voice is hushed and lullaby like as the guitar and piano lines walk softly, hand in hand in starlit darkness. It is one of those songs that you just have to stop and listen to, again and again. Mellifluous and enchanting with an added sprinkle of quirky (the way she sings children (child-rain) is to die for) it’s one of the most knock you off your seat beautiful things we’ve heard this year.
A 21 year old singer-songwriter from the Midlands, Bridges says she writes from ”all kinds of visual and emotional aspects” then collaborates with producer Thomas Mellor to build up the songs and make them come to life. Taking them off on adventures and down wondrous paths.
As well as “You Cry Yourself Away” she has already shared “Ascendancy” (also streaming below) which was picked up by Amazing Radio on its release last year. There is more to come with some planned genre experimentation and hopefully an EP to follow in the coming months.
Perhaps most wonderfully, she explained to us that she often feels at her most vulnerable yet the most herself while writing and performing. It’s this vulnerability, this openness and emotional honesty that permeates through these musical treasures and makes these divine adventures and oh so beguiling and majestic songs so overwhelmingly gorgeous.