Available languages: EnglishAs Tirzah, English singer/songwriter Tirzah Mastin pairs her down-to-earth vocals with the experimental productions of her friend Mica Levi. Rooted in U.K. garage, grime, and British R&B, the duo's collaboration evolved from the disarming dance-pop of 2013's underground hit "I'm Not Dancing" to the raw R&B of her 2018 debut album, Devotion and the pensive 2021 single "Send Me." Even as her sound changed, the intimacy and honesty of Tirzah's music remained. When she was 13, Mastin earned a scholarship to attend the Purcell School for Young Musicians in Watford, an English town north of London. While studying harp at the school, she and Levi -- who was studying violin, viola, and composition -- struck up a friendship. They soon began making music together, recording sketches of Mastin's songs with Levi on guitar in the school's tech room. However, Mastin felt constrained by the school's intensive program, and after graduation she opted to study textiles at the London College of Fashion; meanwhile, Levi went on to form Micachu & the Shapes and become a renowned composer. The duo continued to record for fun, and started releasing music in the early 2010s. On the 2013 single "I'm Not Dancing," Tirzah blended garage beats and an odd recorder sample into something ear-catching. That year, the I'm Not Dancing EP arrived via Greco Roman, also home to more polished acts like Disclosure. Levi and Mastin returned in April 2014 with the No Romance EP, a slightly more streamlined version of their distinctive electropop. The following year, Tirzah issued another EP on Greco Roman, Make It Up, and appeared on a limited-edition 12" with Micachu, Mumdance, and Nozinja. Mastin also appeared as a guest vocalist on Dels' Petals Have Fallen in 2014 and Baauer's Aa in 2016. She and Levi then formed the dance side project Taz & Meeks, working with Brother May and Coby Sey on 2018's Curl EP. That year also saw the release of Tirzah's full-length debut for Domino Records, Devotion. Once again produced and mixed by Levi (with additional mixing by Kwes.), the album featured another collaboration with Sey as well as a gentler, R&B-inspired sound and more confessional lyrics. Following an appearance on the track "Today" from Mura Masa's 2020 album R.Y.C., Tirzah reunited with Levi and Sey for April 2021's "Send Me," which brought more immediacy to the dreamy sounds of Devotion.
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 10 augustus 2018 | Domino Recording Co
She has been floating in the air for several years but has never taken the time to come back to the ground to engrave in wax all her colorful dreams. It’s a way to remind us that Tirzah isn’t really like any other… Protected by her childhood friend Mica Levy aka Micachu who produces this first album called Devotion, this Brit is a sleeping schemer that slaloms with a lot of sensuality between melancholic R&B, neo trip hop, chloroformed soul, post-grime and experimental pop. Tirzah actually has fun with everything that her voice or her fingers touch. Until then, there were disseminated things, like a few titles with Greco Roman, the label of Joe Goddard from Hot Chip, or some acts of childishness with Levy under the name Taz & Meek, but this Devotion shows the maturity with which she now tackles writing, singing and recording. Some drunk piano notes here, a blurred loop there, bass heavy like marshmallows a bit further, a troubling and changing voice, each title goes into the opposite direction taken by the previous one. In its construction. In its instrumentarium. Tirzah’s heart is viscerally soul but her mind is an endless stylistic maze. Probably one of the most fascinating oddities from 2018. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz