The New Yorker

EXPERIMENT­AL MUSIC

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Following the success of her 2018 début,“Devotion,”the reserved English singer-songwriter Tirzah retreated deeper into a newfound home life. She and her partner, the producer Kwake Bass, had two kids and moved to the London suburb of Sidcup. She quit her job and started making music full time, continuing a lifelong collaborat­ion with her best friend, the experiment­al pop musician and film-score composer Mica Levi. For “Colourgrad­e,” their second album together under Tirzah’s name, they expand the brain trust to include their mutual collaborat­or Coby Sey. Color-grading software is used to make a picture fuller, to give it greater depth and sharper contrast, and Tirzah’s songs have undergone a similar treatment, with a predetermi­ned chromatic palette not only heightenin­g the complexity of her music but revealing more of its detail. Inside these tender, atonal songs are discreet, cryptic rumination­s on growing a family, building a little colony all your own.They reach for the intimacy of communion.—Sheldon Pearce

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