– featured image courtesy of the artist –
katy morley’s work has always been arresting. under the mononym morly, she has thus far produced two swirling, ethereal extended plays, 2015’s in defense of my muse and last spring’s something more holy, collections that paired a strong pop sensibility with the catharsis of sparse, minimalist dance music.
next month, morly will release sleeping in my own bed, a three-song 12″ single that gravitates towards a more organic approach to songwriting. the end result is gorgeous; “sleeping in my own bed” finds morly’s aching lead vocal more prominent than it’s ever been, working in tandem with a sprawling acoustic piano accompaniment to create a plaintive, comparatively straightforward pop song.
despite a new focal point, morly’s sonic touchstones continue to be integral to this permutation of her aesthetic: the rhythm section takes a supporting role this time around, but still stretches out when necessary, and choral pads swell to add a celestial veneer to the track’s more expansive moments. regardless of which facet she explores, morly proves time and again that the precise combination of simple ingredients will yield a downright magical product.
sleeping in my own bed is out august 25th via cascine. take a listen to its title track below.