Tirzah

Micachu aka Mica Levi’s involvement in a musical project is a sure-fire guarantee of innovation and experimentation and so it is with the debut EP from Greco-Roman’s Tirzah. I’m Not Dancing follows in the footsteps of Disclosure, Vampire Weekend’s Baio and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard to recently see release on the label. It showcases the pair's friendship, love of r'n'b and low end bass. We get the skinny on Tirzah's sound from this fashion guru turned pop music maker…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 16 Aug 2013
  • min read
If you want a guarantee of music being leftfield, out there or just plain weird, then you need look no further than the sounds bubbling out of Micachu.

As frontwoman of Micachu and the Shapes, student at the Guildhall music school, collaborator with Kwes or in-demand DJ, she’s constantly rewiring and tinkering with the chromosomes of contemporary sounds. It’s while wearing this latter hat as a tune selector that she first exposed the music of Tirzah to a wider audience.

I’m Not Dancing, the title track of Tirzah's new EP, stood out like a sonic sore thumb during Micachu's set on online underground music show, the Boiler Room, earlier this year.

Produced by the latter, it’s the fruits of a friendship between the two which started at university back in the noughties. It saw them bond over a shared love of late nights across London at small clubs with great soundsystems.

While the pair both chose separate career paths (Micachu obviously with music - Tirzah was drawn to fashion), they’ve since reignited their creative bond in the form of the new EP on Greco-Roman. a label co-run by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard. From the brittle r n b of the title track to the aural wooze of Slow Jam, it’s an exciting mix of pop, electronics and DIY groove which has got the cooler end of the music press (see Dummy Mag and Dazed and Confused) salivating into their soy lattes.

Check out Tirzah’s 30 Seconds below and get to know the music from this new EP. No one else is making music quite like this…

I first started writing music because… 

I was around music and listening to it all the time, so it was just something I wanted to do.

I have been making music since…

I was about 15 and started singing on tracks for Mica (Micachu).

My music is…

Hopefully something you would want to dance/listen to whenever and wherever you wanted.

You'll like me if you listen to...

Bassline garage.

My favourite venue is…

Most probably Plastic People.

Music is important because…

It's universal, compulsive and progressive. It just makes you want to dance.

My biggest inspiration is…

Too hard to say. I listened to Al Green a lot when I was growing up.

My dream collaboration would be…

with Thee Satisfaction.

To try me out, listen to my song…

I'm Not Dancing.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…

Probably trying to learn another trade.

In 10 years time I want to be...

Travelling round the planet. I haven't been very far yet.

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