Indie riser THALA continues to embrace vulnerability, summoning long-buried emotions to colour her ardent love for lyricism amid psych-tinged ‘90s indie rock soundscapes.
New single ‘Honey (I Hope, You Understand)’ is taken from her new EP ‘twotwentytwo’ out 3rd November on Fire Records. The bittersweet track is an emphatic note to a loved one whose overly guarded disposition has forced distance between them. It’s about letting go, emotional self-preservation and making the painful decision to shed responsibility for someone who doesn’t want to be saved. Released alongside a new music video, it bursts with colour and an innocence evoking bygone days.
Filled with potent songwriting and coming-of-age anthems straight from the heart, these everyday love stories surrender to life’s insecurities. It’s a page from THALA’s diary with impulsive, adolescent brilliance. Evoking the soundscapes of Slowdive, Deerhunter and Mazzy Star alongside the widescreen pop of boygenius and Snail Mail and the subtle punk influences of Juliana Hatfield.
‘twotwentytwo’ was recorded in London and Berlin earlier this year and follows the release of ‘In Theory Depression’, THALA’s first EP on Fire Records. Spanning six tracks, it builds on its predecessor’s fearless lyricism, excavating deep-set feelings of loss, pain, desire and conflict against luminous production and addictive melodies. Bill Green’s striking design, first employed on the cover of the last release, melding sepia-tinted photographs with scribbles of youth and personal secrets yet to be disclosed.
Blissful guitars and evocative crescendos permeate THALA’s unique vision of dreampop, revelling in soaring choruses and intimate storylines. On its surface, ‘twotwentytwo’ boasts a kind of glorious emotive draw – you’d be forgiven for mistaking any one of these tracks as a backdrop to any teen-angst drama. However, while THALA wants her songs to feel nostalgic, it’s the complexity of her songwriting that sees her modern compositions really resonate and she is keen to stress her lyrics can be interpreted in numerous ways.
“Music is the fuel to heal ourselves in whatever way we need” she says of her relationship with her craft.”
And therein lies the heart of this release – a cathartic, wildly empowering, self-explorative from a future indie heartbreaker at her gutsy best.
Showing no signs of slowing down with rammed appearances at this year’s SXSW and The Great Escape, THALA was a featured artist on Rough Trade’s ‘On The Rise’, she also picked up the attention of BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, Nels Hylton and Sian Eleri, KEXP and Kerrang Radio. THALA will be touring the UK and Europe through October and November with headline performances and shows alongside Temples and Neeve.
‘twotwentytwo’ is available on LTD Edition Clear Vinyl, out 3rd November
2023 Live Dates
28 Sep: SO36, Berlin, DE*
29 Sep: Ampere, Munich, DE*
04 Oct: Don’t Panic, DE**
05 Oct: CBE, Cologne, DE**
06 Oct: Nachtleben, Frankfurt DE*
07 Oct: ClubCANN, Stuttgart, DE*
08 Oct: Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, DE**
29 Oct: Oporto, Leeds, UK
30 Oct: The Hug And Pint, Glasgow, UK
31 Oct: YES (Basement), Manchester, UK
01 Nov: Camden Assembly, London, UK
02 Nov: Rough Trade West, London, UK
05 Nov: Mutations Festival, Brighton, UK
06 Nov: Cinetol, Amsterdam, NL
07 Nov: LARK, Berlin, DE
08 Nov: Naumanns, Leipzig, DE
09 Nov: Chapeau Rouge, Czech Republic, CZ
11 Nov: Gruenspan, Hamburg, DE
12 Nov: Helios 37, Cologne, DE