Maguire is the project of London based classically trained multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Gillian Maguire. She’s also recorded strings on numerous albums as Mystery Jets’ Curve Of The Earth (The Whole Earth Edition), and Marika Hackman’s Any Human Friend. We introduced her with the debut EP Préludes.
Now she has announced the release of a new EP called Fantaisies which is produced by Liam Howe (FKA Twigs, Lana Del Rey) and it will be out via Seven Four Seven Six. We already shared “Wrestling”; “All Out” is a new excerpt. Listen below and and check a playlist from the London-based singer-songwriter with tracks and artists which inspired her music.
Joni Mitchell – Hejira. Joni is one of my ultimate inspirations, and this song in particular perfectly showcases her undulating melodies and mesmerisingly meandering lyrics which are for me utterly transporting. I have particular memories of driving through the mountains of British Columbia in Canada listening to this album on roadtrips with my dad to visit my grandparents. It connects me to my Canadian roots, pushing and pulling between the contradictions of wanderlust, and a simultaneous desire for intimacy and solitude.
Radiohead – Weird Fishes / Arpeggi. I first heard this song in a friend’s car driving at top speed down the M4 in the pelting rain. I’d just woken up from a hash brownie induced haze and Thom Yorke’s wailing voice was blaring out at full volume. I felt like I was in a psychedelic trippy womb. It was a life changing experience and from that moment on this song, and this entire album – In Rainbows – has always transported me back to that transcendental moment. Watching them perform it at Glastonbury was probably the best live music experience I’ve ever had.
Feist – Let It Die. Feist has always been an artist who represents pure songwriting genius for me. Her lyrical playfulness and purity are unparalleled, along with her melodies that effortlessly roam and wander through uncharted territory, delicately soaring at every turn. This live rendition of this song in particular has always struck me very deeply. Not only the raw truth of the lyrics but how she delivers them so insouciantly is a jab straight to the heart every time I hear it.
Bill Evans – Peace Piece. Bill Evans for me is the personification of anguish and despair; his deep malaise palpable in every note he plays. This is one of his simpler pieces but it is so powerful in its bareness, just like Satie’s Gymnopedies. The impressionist influence of composers such as Ravel and Debussy cuts through so strongly, along with Chopin’s Berceuse in Db major – all some of my favourite composers – and that is what I love, how he takes his classical training and re-interprets it; improvising over two chords in this case. It is that ephemeral quality of free form improvisation which makes this piece so special; like most jazz, a moment and an emotion captured forever in time.
John Martyn – Solid Air. My producer Liam Howe put me onto this album while we were recording the EP, and I have been obsessed ever since. The fretless bass, smooth saxophone, and the ease with which he navigates his way around his vocal melodies and his guitar are so hypnotising, you just get sucked into their smoky world. The performance feels so effortless and casual but so heartfelt at the same time, the sentiment just oozes out of the musicians. The song was dedicated to Nick Drake who died 18 months later, which just adds to the fragile heart-wrenching quality of the track.