Although Tirzah put music to one side to study textiles at London College of Fashion while Mica was studying at The Guildhall, their track ‘I’m Not Dancing’ was played in a well received live stream in 2013 and Greco-Roman quickly came calling. “We never really had any intention of releasing what we were making,” she tells us. “And then all of a sudden we’ve got an EP coming out and we’re making a music video.”
Tirzah’s ambivalence towards pop stardom meant music was released at a leisurely pace, with two subsequent Greco-Roman EPs at two-year intervals, and it’s taken five years since her first release for a full album to finally see the light of day, (and for Mixmag to manage to tie her down to an interview). “Mica’s a bit of a workaholic and always has a load of projects on the go,” she says. “But I’m a bit more of a recluse and take things at a slower pace.”
Thankfully the album’s worth the wait. Out on Domino this month, ‘Devotion’ is modern soul and r’n’b of the highest calibre, Tirzah’s laconic yet heartfelt vocals mingling perfectly with Mica’s gentle, sparse and quietly innovative production. Citing the likes of Al Green, Barry White and D’Angelo as key influences, lyrically the album charts classic soul music territory, dealing with love, loss and longing.
“It’s a very insular album. Don’t go expecting party bangers!” she laughs.
When your comfort zone sounds this good, why bother getting out?
‘Devotion’ by Tirzah is out on Domino on August 10