RIPE FOR CHANGE

Pop dar­ling Thelma Plum has al­ways been one to take chances, and her lat­est mu­si­cal of­fer­ing is the re­sult of a lovely elec­tronic-folk fu­sion

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD/PLAY - KATHY MCCABE

Thelma Plum is a self­pro­claimed stalker. At 14, she heard her now man­ager, Leanne de Souza, speak at an in­dus­try event and de­cided de Souza was the one to help her ne­go­ti­ate the business.

After Plum’s clever and cuss-filled EP Rosie in­tro­duced her skewed acous­tics last year, she then pur­sued hip-hop hit maker M Phazes to pro­duce her next in­stal­ment of songs.

The re­sult­ing EP, Monsters, takes a sharp left turn into elec­tron­ica while main­tain­ing the melodies of Plum’s song­writ­ing.

She feared M-Phazes, whose cred­its in­clude Illy, Eminem and Kim­bra, may baulk at her idea of fus­ing folk with beats.

“I stalked M-Phazes. I went by my­self to see one of Illy’s shows when M-Phazes was still play­ing with him,” Plum re­calls.

“I got back­stage after the show, try­ing to make my pres­ence known, but he was talk­ing to peo­ple and I was too ner­vous to in­tro­duce my­self.”

Plum even­tu­ally got her mu­sic to him.

“He heard my mu­sic and while he thought it was folksy, he was down with mix­ing the two dif­fer­ent things,” she says.

Led by the spaghetti western meets Mas­sive At­tack of How Much Does Your Love Cost?, Monsters con­firms the tal­ent of this 19year-old Triple J Un­earthed dis­cov­ery.

Lyri­cally, Plum ex­or­cises the ghosts of re­la­tion­ships past in the EP’s four tracks. Part of her brief to M-Phazes was to in­stil a brood­ing melan­choly.

“I wrote th­ese songs at the end of last year … I was in a re­la­tion­ship which was quite un­healthy,” Plum says.

“I kept think­ing, ‘Why am I writ­ing th­ese songs?’ Once I re­alised why, I wanted them to keep that broody and sad thing about them.” Thelma Plum, Soung-lounge, to­mor­row night.

Thelma Plum sought to work with pro­ducer M-Phazes on her EP Monsters.

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