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
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.