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Sophie Jamieson faces up to her alcohol issue in the stirring “Sink”, announces debut album

Sophie Jamieson will follow up her promising duo of 2020 EPs with her debut album Choosing, arriving on December 2 through Bella Union. The first song to be shared from the record is “Sink”, with the songwriter revealing:

“This song began as a love letter to alcohol, written from the cusp of falling into addiction. I had begun to trust this tool but I could feel it turning on me, like a bad friend. I knew I was close to losing control over it, and realised that I had to choose whether to fall in or not. This song exists at the brink of choice: whether to abandon yourself, or whether to make the colossal effort to rescue yourself.” 

“Sink” is a colossally affecting track thanks to Jamieson’s pure honesty of her problem and the skeletal but precise arrangement that supports it. It begins with her staring down a bottle of whisky, knowing it’s a bad idea but almost powerless to resist another day drunk on the beach. Her words take the form of a dialogue between herself and the bottle, and she paints vivid images of a body and mind in thrall to the substance; “you’ve been so good to me / my coat, my gown, my duck-feather down / I just need you to rock me to sleep.” Her words are sung over simple piano chords and drums, while there is a repetitive plinking melody throughout that perfectly captures the character of the alcohol; playful and alluring at first, ultimately sliding towards a coldness and blurriness. It’s deadly effective.

She’s also shared a video for “Sink”, saying: “The video, like the song, approaches the edge – the tantalising mystery and comfort of it, the openness of possibility and also the quiet knowledge of the dead end. The shoreline is that edge: beautiful, eerie, infinite, and empty.”

Watch the video for “Sink” below or find it on streaming platforms.

Sophie Jamieson’s debut album Choosing will be out on December 2 through Bella Union (pre-order/save). You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

She’s got these tour dates ahead:

17/8: Eat Your Own Ears Recommends @ Shacklewell Arms, London
20/8: Green Man Festival
24/8: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds w/ Ezra Furman
25/8: Cyprus Avenue, Cork w/ Willy Mason
26/8: Roisin Dubh, Galway w/ Willy Mason
27/8: Dolans Warehouse, Limerick w/ Willy Mason
28/8: Workmans Club, Dublin w/ Willy Mason
29/8: Bangor Castle Walled Garden, Bangor w/ Willy Mason
31/8: Brewery Arts, Kendal w/ Willy Mason
1/9: The District, Liverpool w/ Willy Mason
2/9: End Of The Road Festival
6/9: Glee Club, Birmingham w/ Willy Mason
7/9: The Horn, St Albans w/ Willy Mason
8/9: St Pancras Old Church, London w/ Jana Horn
9/9: The Goods Shed, Stroud w/ Willy Mason
10/9: Brighton & Hove Folk Festival, Brighton
11/9: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff w/ Willy Mason
13/9: The Exchange, Bristol w/ Willy Mason
14/9: The Joiners, Southampton w/ Willy Mason
15/9: Chalk, Brighton w/ Willy Mason