LP, White Vinyl
Fire Records (2023) EU
Rising artist THALA finds strength in her vulnerability on new EP In Theory Depression. After forging a path in hazy, lo-fi indie, this forthcoming release is home to her sharpest, boldest songwriting yet, rendering these deeply personal explorations of self in vivid, '90s influenced indie-rock, and looming, psych-inspired walls-of-sound. Recalling the tangled indie-rock of Holly Humberstone, Soccer Mommy, and Phoebe Bridgers, and underpinned by spiky, surging guitars, the songs unearth tenderness, even as they rage.
In Theory Depression marks the artist's most introspective writing yet, but as much as the lyrics excavate from hidden depths, they're often paired with widescreen, cinematic-sounding melodies. It brings to mind both the dazzling soundscapes of Mazzy Star, the witty bite of Liz Phair, and the subtle punk influences of Juliana Hatfield, who also spins the genre's more relentless strains into snarling and bittersweet alternative pop. THALA has just wrapped up a joint UK tour, alongside showcases at Austin's SXSW and with Brighton's Great Escape festival also on the horizon. Having already won the backing of BBC Radio 1's Jack Saunders, Wonderland Magazine and Clash, THALA's ascent is only set to continue.