Album of the Week: Tirzah | Colourgrade

Combine anticipation with expectation, and we can end up nearly incapable of experiencing anything new.

I’ve been impatiently waiting for Tirzah’s new record since her last record, Devotion her first studio album, was released in 2018. When I impatiently hit play, sending Colourgrade through the DeVore Fidelity O/96 and out into the Barn, I was like, huh? Why meddle with such an expressive voice? Was it lifelong friend and collaborator Mica Levi’s fault? Coby Sey?

Then I shut up and listened. Granted, it took a few tries but I was able to successfully quell my inner experience limiter and just listen to Colourgrade. And it opened up inside my head like gladiolas basking in the afternoon sun — rich, vibrant, and fragrant.

…recorded soon after the birth of her first child and shortly before her second child was born. The album explores recovery, gratitude and new beginnings, presenting a singer having discovered the type of love that is shared between a mother and a child for the first time, whilst simultaneously working as an artist.

And here’s Tirzah Mastin from an interview on Stereogum:

“Going through pregnancy and birth and motherhood, the anatomy found its way into all of the songs”

I often wonder why we don’t make more of the miracle of childbirth.

The anatomy of Colourgrade is rich, vibrant, mysterious, and rewarding. Let it in.