Sisters of the Moon, November 15th 2015 • Brooke Hollis
On November 7th, 2015 MorganEve Swain released a three track EP, The Water Street Demos, as The Huntress and Holder of Hands on Bandcamp. Recording all of the parts herself, she delivered a testimony to her strength as a solo artist and a consummation of her instrumental talents. Though the gentle, fullness of her voice is the most powerful tool at her disposal, she also made exemplary use of the bass, cello, violin, and viola. This included a moving instrumental,“Etude”; a practice in wistful timing that leaves you feeling as though you are close to something, though you are not sure what, and before you can find it, it’s gone.
She had already put out the stirring “Call to Arms” demo in July of 2014. Swain, ever the enchantress, applied layers of her rich, mesmerizing voice to a rousing bass line and lightly chirping birds. Her steady drumming gives you something to hold onto as you spiral into bouts of fierce bowing that impact upon you the urgency of the battle cry. And while all can find themselves drawing from her lyrics, those who know the story of MorganEve Swain attach to the ode an overwhelmingly intimate portraiture of the songstress herself.