We’re thrilled to be partnering with Sydney singer songwriter Morgan Houston to premiere her ‘Glow Up’ EP.
You may recall we had a little chat with Morgan recently after she dropped her debut single ‘Not Quite Yet’.
She mentioned at the time that she was planning to release the debut EP in July. And, true to her word, she’s doing just that.
Ahead of the EP’s release tomorrow, however, Morgan’s giving us the lowdown on each of the tracks on the EP – and giving us an early listen. So without further ado, can we present Morgan Houston’s ‘Glow Up’ EP!
WAIT FOR YOU
This is the first song I wrote at the start of this whole creative process. When I listen to it now, it sounds so heartbreakingly hopeful and I think ‘Wait For You’ encapsulates the idea that hope is dangerous when your rational mind is clouded by somebody else. I love the simple production matched with the simple and honest lyrics.
I wrote this song sitting on my laundry floor with my guitar waiting for someone who would never love me back and I hope people can really connect and indulge in their feelings with it 😊
I WOULDN’T DARE
I wanted the beat of this song to mimic a distorted heartbeat. That’s essentially what this song is; a distorted view of myself and the world around me. ‘I Wouldn’t Dare’ is centred around a toxic and co-dependent relationship. I think you can definitely be addicted to another person or perhaps the way they make you feel.
This song is sad for me to look back on as I was helplessly anxious at the time and felt like I needed the intoxicating highs and lows of a dysfunctional relationship to function myself.
The upbeat dance style and synth melody of this song symbolises breaking free and being heard, which is what the song celebrates in the context of acknowledging the destructive nature of a relationship.
The way that ‘Killing Me’ moves cyclically with the shiny synth and up-tempo beat moving in and out symbolises the cycle of emotional abuse which is a major theme that I explore in ‘Glow Up’. This song is about reclaiming power, hope and autonomy.
DO IT ALL OVER
This song would definitely have to be in my top two favourites off the EP. I wrote this song in 2016 and I’ve kept listening to it and going back to it throughout the years so I decided it should have a place on ‘Glow Up’. I find the vocal melodies and synth hooks to be addictive and sensual and I think the beat is a refreshing change up in the EP.
‘Do It All Over’ is about being so blinded by love or lust that you keep ignoring all the red flags and do the same dysfunctional cycle over and over. Like the lyrics say, I essentially have one foot out the door when I should be running for my life haha.
‘Glow Up’ is the trap that I know so many people, very much including myself, fall into. You spend so much time working on yourself, on self-care and getting your life together. Then comes the realisation that you were trying to help and lift up somebody else who never be ready for you!!
For me personally, this song is a cheeky little farewell to a man-child who was no longer able to hold me down after I worked on realising my own self-worth and value. I love the contrast between the haunting piano introduction and the explosion into a bright and synth-laden bop.
NOT QUITE YET
This is the first single I released and is probably my favourite off the album. I wrote this song in about 30 minutes; it poured out of me and the lyrics still kind of break my heart as I can hear how much pain and self-doubt I felt when breaking free from the clutches of a narcissist.
‘Not Quite Yet’ is centred on the realisation that I often struggle to feel confident with my decisions and tend to ruminate over my choices in love and relationships. I think this stems from a tendency to romanticise meaningless gestures and to put unworthy people pedestals. I know that this concept is something so many people can connect with.
I think this song has been the favourite amongst my friends and listeners as there is something poetic in the contract between the hopeful sound and melodies and the agonising pain in the lyrics. For me, ‘Not Quite Yet’ is a song for when you want to cry and sing your heart out but also feel empowered in some small way that things can get better.
I was hesitant to include ‘Silver Lining’ on the EP. It is the darkest and most haunting song on the EP and I wrote it after a traumatic incident. It is basically a plea for help as I find that often people try and tell you to look at a situation with a glass half full or to try and find a positive in something. But here, I am basically saying that the pain I am experiencing outweighs any lessons learnt.
I like how the EP ends on a question: Am I stuck this way? Although at first glance, ‘Glow Up’ has a lot of cute, upbeat poppy sounds, there is a lot of darkness embedded in there and this final question really encapsulates the unrelenting anxiety I was experiencing when writing the EP.
Some days, I genuinely didn’t think the fear would end and I am now very passionate about spreading awareness about anxiety and panic attacks. I hope people find comfort in listening to the piano outro as I wanted it to be like a warm cup of tea on a rainy day.
Morgan’s debut ‘Glow Up’ EP is out tomorrow.