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Rising artist THALA is finding strength in her vulnerability on new EP In
Theory Depression set for release on 7th July on Fire Records. Today she
reveals new track and video ‘Easy Out’ from the forthcoming release.
Forging a path in hazy, lo-fi indie, this release is home to her sharpest,
boldest songwriting yet, rendering these deeply personal explorations of
self in vivid, ‘90s influenced indie-rock, and looming, psych-inspired
Written in the early hours of the morning, still buzzed from a night out
and letting her thoughts tumble out onto paper, ‘Easy Out’ takes a
similarly nuanced approach to empathy and healing. The track processes her
anger with someone close who hid the fact they were gravely ill to try and
spare their loved ones from sharing their pain. Recalling the tangled
indie-rock of Holly Humberstone, Soccer Mommy, and Phoebe Bridgers, and
underpinned by spiky, surging guitars, it unearths tenderness, even as it
"I wrote ‘Easy Out’ about someone who got really sick and didn’t bother to
tell me, I eventually heard it from someone else and it made me super
angry... so I got a bottle of wine, sat on my windowsill in my small
apartment one night and started writing a sobby sad ballad of a song. The
next day at the studio that sadness turned into anger and it became a
powerful upbeat type of song, I think it was supposed to be that way. I
love this song and it really helped me move past this anger and confusion I
was feeling." Adds THALA
The new EP sees THALA dredging up the feelings she’d tried hard to bury
before. As the usual bustle of her hectic everyday life was silenced, she
filled that space with songwriting, delving deep into the complicated
feelings she had previously left to somewhere deep within herself.
In Theory Depression marks the artist’s most introspective writing yet, but
as much as these incisive lyrics excavate from hidden depths, they’re often
paired with widescreen, cinematic-sounding melodies. It brings to mind both
the dazzling soundscapes of Mazzy Star, the witty bite of Liz Phair, and
the subtle punk influences of Juliana Hatfield, who also spins the genre’s
more relentless strains into snarling and bittersweet alternative pop.
THALA has just wrapped up a joint UK tour in support of Independent Venue
Week – alongside her Fire Records labelmates Amber Arcades and Hater –
along with a debut at Austin’s SXSW and Brighton’s The Great Escape
Festival. Having already won the backing of BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders,
Wonderland Magazine, and Clash, In Theory Depression is her most exposed
and creative work to date.