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Only Girl is the pseudonym of Ellen Murphy, a soulful young artist emerging from the DIY music scene of South East London. Today sees the release of Bittersweet , the title track from her debut EP on Lemon Records , featured on today’s Spotify New Music Friday UK and her first EP supported by the PRS Momentum Music fund.
The Bittersweet EP includes previous singles Mountain & Fall ft. James Vickery , and
has featured on The Independent music, BBC Entertainment, BBC Introducing & various Spotify playlists. Bittersweet is a swirl of soulful R&B harmonies, with heart-aching lyrics set over a warm bed of rich organ sounds and bassy beats.
Produced by long term collaborator Henry Binns (Zero 7) , Ellen explains, “I wrote
Bittersweet during a difficult time in my life, when I was trying to adjust and adapt myself to huge changes. Following on from writing Mountain about my boyfriend suffering a brain injury, Bittersweet was about us re-entering the real world, trying to adjust and adapt to the huge difference we faced in our life Despite his recovery, it was incredibly hard to accept the different course that our lives had taken, ‘Who knew I’d see, this life, it could be so Bittersweet’ and I realised that one of the only things that could keep me going was the love and support of the people around me. I wanted to write a song that could reach out to anyone who had gone through a challenging time in life, to make them feel uplifted and ultimately bring the message that the power of love can sometimes be the only thing to pull us through ‘ Love is all I need”
Only Girl recently travelled to Austin, Texas to promote the EP and play at the prestigious SXSW festival in Texas, her debut show in the US , with the trip being supported by the PRS International Showcase fund.
To date she has released several independent singles, gaining widespread support across BBC Introducing, Spotify, BBC Radio 1 & Radio 2, BBC6 Music and online tastemakers including The Fader, Clash, Mahogany & Red Bull Music.
The past 18 months have seen her feature on releases with Zero 7, Kultur, Kitty Cash's Love the Free mixtape, her debut performance on UK TV on The Nightly Show (ITV) and playing sold out headline shows in London at the Courtyard Theatre & The Borderline.
She will launch the Bittersweet EP with an intimate headline show at Thousand Island, London on Thursday 3rd May, with support from Paige Bea.