OTLEY musician Astraluna has launched her new EP with a YouTube premiere.

The performer, whose real name is Jennifer Pugh, is also a producer and songwriter.

The video for the EP was filmed entirely in Otley and features the Gallows Hill Nature Reserve.

Jennifer said: "In The Half Light is a six track EP full of electronic textures, electric guitar, heavy bass and vocal harmonies. The songs are about letting go of things that no longer serve us, and welcoming change even though that feels scary."

As it is still too soon to organise a live gig the songs were premiered on YouTube on April 2.

Jennifer said: "The film is a journey from night to day, from suburban streets to the river side and features lyrics to all the songs. The EP will also be available to download on Bandcamp from 2nd April (Bandcamp Friday!), with CDs and streaming available at a later date. https://astraluna1.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-half-light.

After touring with Corinne Bailey Rae in 2009-2011 as backing vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Astraluna wrote and recorded her self-released debut album The Pass of Storms in 2016.

In 2019, Astraluna was awarded a full scholarship to study an MMus in Composition and Music Production at Leeds Conservatoire, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The year was dedicated to writing and producing music and developing as an artist. Astraluna began creating the songs which would eventually become the EP In The Half Light.

The six songs are full of electronic textures, heavy bass, layered vocal harmonies and electric guitar.

Jennifer lives in Otley and runs The Woolpack Studios, a community music venue which runs musical events and education opportunities for adults and young people.

She is also an Otley Ambassador and about to join the Board of Otley BID

She is a multi-instrumentalist with years of experience in writing and performing from her teen days in an indie band to touring worldwide with Corinne Bailey Rae from 2009 to 2011.

Her website says: "Astraluna’s songs range from epic, ethereal soundscapes to stripped down emotions.

"Performing solo, her haunting and pure vocals compliment her warm ukulele and guitar sound: at times it is delicately harp-like and at others, part of a heavy looped backing with layered vocals, drum samples and synth pedals.

"Astraluna’s debut album The Pass of Storms was released in October 2016. She has performed around her home town of Leeds and at Outlines Festival (Sheffield), Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (Huddersfield) and Gorjys Secrets Festival (Conwy).

"Since graduating from Leeds Conservatoire in October 2020 with a Masters in Creative Music Composition and Production, Astraluna is focussing on releasing an EP in Spring 2021 with an album to follow. Astraluna’s forthcoming releases will feature electronic textures as well as guitar and layered vocals.

"Astraluna is also part of Sisterhood Music Collective – a group of four female solo musicians who want to collaborate rather than compete. Sisterhood stands for gender equality, especially in the music industry."

According to The Musician – Musician’s Union Journal – in summer 2017: “You will hear the lilting sound of the ukulele like never before on this enchanting album… packed full of immaculate harmonies and intriguing effects. It’s a record to get lost in”