Body in Time has a quiet faith in itself, so that it glides beyond the stripped back production without a single step too soon, or too far. The successes of each track hinge on how well Susie Merry can inhabit a mood. Her tendency to be direct clarifies each tonal element, leaving the song free of any sonic reticence. Divorced from any gimmickry or platitudinal folk songwriting, this debut EP feels, in four songs, whole: Merrie gives herself ample instrumental room to explore the space in which these songs were born. After health-related difficulties and years of writing, she has released a meaningful personal statement.
A favourite: ‘The Well’
‘Body in Time’ is out now, self-released.