Review Summary: MagicM For Empathy
is a 16 minute epiphany, an emotional odyssey in short-form. Hannah Reed has whittled these songs down to their basest components, but they sound strikingly full; quietly ascendant piano shimmering just behind resplendent acoustic guitar, a synth here, some slide notes there. It would all seem off the cuff if the silence weren't so achingly human, if the lyrics weren't so open and revelatory. 'Bust' is all gorgeous counter-melodies as Reed intones 'I thought of so many things to say to you
', dewy piano plinks joining as she laments repeatedly 'But what were they？
' The song momentarily flattens until Reed, now with that probing piano in the foreground, adds the transformative 'to you？
, ending immediately afterwards. It's these small gestures combined with these far-reaching revelations that give such a brief project its potent staying power. Reed sums it up so perfectly herself, stating 'Much of it came to me, or out of me, out of a deepening silence. It let me voice again. It also let me not, only singing as much as I wanted, which is important too.' Despite its brevity, it is anything but abrupt, fully formed and filled with enough nuance and growth to support an album triple its length. Nothing lost, not a second wasted, the silence speaking volumes.