TIRZAH

De­vo­tion

UNCUT - - New Albums - SHARON O’CON­NELL

London alt.soul singer’s down­beat, Mi­cachu-as­sisted first

As the pool of nuR&B/soul artists lay­ing for­lorn vo­cals over an­o­dyne elec­tronic soundbeds fills to over­flow­ing, this de­but ar­rives on a re­fresh­ingly sweet tide. Co-writ­ten and pro­duced by fel­low Pur­cell School alum­nus Mica Levi, it in­te­grates Tirzah’s at­trac­tively grazed, heart­felt tones with elec­tronic pop of an in­ven­tively club­bable bent, adding ac­cents of pi­ano min­i­mal­ism, ’60s Brit soul, trip-hop and, rather star­tlingly on the au­to­tuned “Guilty”, baroque max­i­mal­ism. A lack of pol­ish – no­tably on the ti­tle track, which fea­tures Curl col­lec­tive mem­ber Coby Sey – is part of the ap­peal, and if “Gladly” plays it very straight, then it’s hard to carp at its loved-up op­ti­mism.

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