Tirzah - Devotion

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Postby landspeedrecord » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:25 pm




At age 10, Tirzah Mastin -- who records and performs under her first name -- learned to play the harp. And though she rarely touches the instrument today, she still makes music because of it.

Growing up in Essex, Tirzah, now 31, attended The Purcell School for Young Musicians in England. It’s there she met Mica Levi, then a fellow student and now the singer-songwriter-composer (known as Micachu) behind the music in movies like Jackie and Under the Skin. The two quickly bonded over their skill and early interest in music, and since, their partnership has evolved from teenage camaraderie to long-term collaborators. To date, they’ve released two experimental R&B infused EPs together, under Tirzah’s name -- 2013’s I’m Not Dancing and 2014’s No Romance. Now, on Aug. 10, they’ll release their first-ever full-length album, Devotion.

“It was an exciting challenge, to put an album together,” says Tirzah. In the five years since her first release, she says her and Levi’s process has stayed the same in that they’re friends first, co-creators second. “The way that Micah and I wrote was very much in addition to a social thing,” she says of their early years, “and it still is that [today].”

And though the way in which they work hasn’t changed, their sound largely has. When Tirzah started out on harp, she was primarily playing classical music, but that never reflected what she was consuming. She says she never actively listened to the genre, and instead gravitated towards soul and R&B music. Her mom would often play such CDs in the car rides to and from Purcell.

That fusion is best heard on single “Gladly,” a moody and sultry track that offered a first-taste of the album. And while the songwriting for Devotion spanned two years, this song was finished early on. “It was always one that we felt we could stand by,” Tirzah says. The thought process was simple: “It was like, ‘Yeah we’ll put that one first, it’s done,’” she recalls.

Such a laid-back, no-pressure mentality makes Tirzah who she is, and largely informs both this album and her big-picture career as an artist. She’s frank about the fact that she has no career ambitions in music -- she works a full-time job as a print designer in the fashion industry, but is currently on the final month of maternity leave after having a baby girl, Jocelyn, with her partner Giles King Kwakeulati Ashong (more commonly known as mellow electronic artist Kwake Bass).

Having recently signed with Domino, Tirzah says her new label home “was always happy to let us get on as we were doing. If anything, we were like, ‘Give us a deadline!' [Otherwise], we’d just go on and on and on. We could do this for years.”

In the studio, Tirzah paints a picture of feeling entirely comfortable -- “You’re just in your own little world,” she says. But even then she still has shy moments; if she ever begins mumbling, Levi will make her stand up or try shouting lyrics. Tirzah says, “It’s really nice to have someone bug you and get you out of your shell. [Without] the family and friends around me, [the album] wouldn't be finished or existing."

When it comes to performing live, though, Tirzah only has herself to turn to. “It’s a real funny one for me, the live thing,” she says, explaining how her shows have never been rehearsed and are far more improvisational. “Each stage is different, each audience is different, you feel differently each night you perform -- there’s quite a lot of chemicals. It will forever be a work in progress.”

As is every aspect of Tirzah’s life, by her own design. She says while her daughter will likely have musical ambitions, she’s quick to add, “But also, she doesn’t have to. Do what you want” -- a motto she lives by. As her maternity leave is coming to an end, she plans to do just that. She may go back to work, or not, and says as a new mom everything is up in the air. “I’m just counting my blessings as they are and seeing where it all goes. No pressure on anything,” she says. “I don’t think I can do it anyway else.”
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Postby naturemorte » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:27 pm

i love tirzah. so far, devotion seems good, but i'm finding it a little soporific.
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Postby Barthes Starr » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:50 pm

soporific, vibey
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Postby wario lopez » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:22 pm

I had high expectations for this and I am loving it so far
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Postby Ankh » Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:26 pm

love the production, sometimes i'm not super into the bluesy smokey vox

think i'll get past that on a few listens though
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Postby Repo » Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:02 am

great album
on first listen, I thought everything was a little too simplistic or static, like songs were built on loops that didn't seem fully developed, but then I started paying attention to the singing + lyrics and enjoyed the whole thing much more.
comparisons with arthur russell are pretty spot on
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Postby Mr Spaceship » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:19 pm

I love this
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Postby mego » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:30 pm

into this too
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Postby milano boy » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:51 pm

holding on is so goooooood
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Postby rollercoaster » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:24 pm

Love this album
they'd changed it with a grand piano and turned it into a love song. how they did it, i don't know. DJs had worsened since the rising. elaborating on nothing in praise of the track with words they could hardly pronounce, in telephone voices.
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Postby zach york » Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:48 pm

yeah this rules. made me dig into her older eps which are also pretty good
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Postby creedence tapes » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:42 pm

yea i'm sold

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Postby Barthes Starr » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:47 pm

ok after repeated listens, i can confirm: 'holding on' whips ass
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Postby number none » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:50 pm

very into this on first listen
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Postby wario lopez » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:27 pm

holding on is such a jammmm
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Postby loaf angel » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:33 pm

love holding on

wish she'd release more bangers but i like album for being the wispy thing it is
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Postby ripersnifle » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:54 pm

this is really good
takes a few listens to sink in definitely

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Postby internethandle » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:06 pm

the other day i saw a sign with the words "vitality & verve" on it
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Postby ripersnifle » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:08 pm

i honestly don't understand all the Arthur Russell comparisons re. the prod tho
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Postby landspeedrecord » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:37 pm

those comparisons are made more because of the structure/looping imo
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Postby saranclaps » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:19 pm

Mica Levi is a more obvious touchstone, but Mica Levi works on all of Tirzah's material so maybe that doesn't count
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Postby number none » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:10 pm

you don't say
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Postby haddonfield » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:23 am

this thing rules.

really worth checking out this boiler room set from a few years ago:
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Postby ripersnifle » Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:19 pm

this album is so brilliant
keeps revealing new layers

aoty contender definitely
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Postby ripersnifle » Sun Aug 19, 2018 5:24 pm

one thing i keep coming back to is "holding on" -> "affection"
perfectly sequenced
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Postby ripersnifle » Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:14 am

haddonfield wrote:this thing rules.

really worth checking out this boiler room set from a few years ago:
this slays
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Postby Repo » Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:13 am

bump because I've listened to this album a million times
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