Songwriter Sarah Magill is a Midwestern introvert who makes music for feelers as Quiet Takes. Pairing understated lyricism with “melan-happy” melodies, Magill plumbs idiosyncratic inner narratives for points of wider emotional connection.
Quiet Takes’s “breezy mix of dream pop, avant folk, and smooth psychedelia” (WLUR) finds further refinement on the latest release, Weekly, Weakly, the third collaboration between Magill and producer/multi-instrumentalist David Bennett. Crafted through pandemic-era weekly studio sessions (David and his wife, Kayla, graciously created a safe Aorist Studios pod to continue creative work), the newest Quiet Takes EP self-soothes admissions of loneliness and anxiety with shimmering synths and whispered harmonies.
Quiet Takes’s second EP, San Fidel, was embraced by college and AAA stations across the country earlier this year, widening Magill’s audience beyond her current home base in Kansas City. A writer and wanderer, Magill is returning to road-trips and live performances while working toward her first full-length album in 2022.
“The track floats on a dreamy bed of instrumentation, bolstered by hushed vocals and the gentle glimmer of synth chords.”Under The Radar
“Ultimately, Magill has achieved a kind of timelessness and universality with this body of work—any worry that it might sound trite or cliché proves to be unfounded with relatable, candid songwriting.“Audiofemme
“Magill finds a fascinating intersection between old and new, bringing in the latter through similarities to contemporary artists such as Andy Shauf and Sufjan Stevens with the alluring, hypnotic rhythm and whispering vocals.“Dusty Organ
“With elegant lyrics and folk-psychedelic instrumentation, the music of Quiet Takes appeals and relates to a wide-scale audience.“Music Mecca