Thelma – “If You Let It”

Thelma – “If You Let It”

“You deserve more, you deserve more,” Natasha Jacobs sings on “If You Let It,” the lead single from her band Thelma’s forthcoming debut full-length, her voice waxing and waning dramatically with the swell of the music. She places similar accentuation on the title of the track, emphatic and powerful: “If you let it, if you let it/ If you let the noise disappear…” Jacobs writes in open-ended statements, each dangling thought providing a drive for the next, and every empty space serving as a breeding ground for fastidiously-constructed interlocking melodies. Thelma began as Jacobs’ solo project while studying composition at SUNY Purchase but has grown to include a full band and, on their self-titled album, the Brooklyn-based group blend theatrically spectral folk with subtle electronic progressions to dazzling effect, all centered around Jacobs’ elastic but sharp voice. “If You Let It” is gentle with a hard edge, and it’s difficult not to get swept up in the magic of it all. Listen via NPR below.

01 “If You Let It”
02 “White Couches”
03 “Moxie”
04 “Peach”
05 “Spool”
06 “Haha”
07 “Thelma”

Tour Dates (w/ gobbinjr):
11/04 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
11/05 Philadelphia, PA @ JJ’s Diner
11/06 Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
11/07 Harrisonburg, VA @ Lon Lon Ranch
11/08 Athens, OH @ Hardcore House Of RGB
11/09 Columbus, OH @ House With No Name
11/10 St. Louis, MO @ FOAM
11/11 Iowa City, IA @ Governors Mansion
11/13 Milwaukee, WI @ The Turkey Lounge
11/14 Chicago, IL @ 2040 Haus
11/15 Oberlin, OH @ The Coven
11/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Maxi Pad
11/18 Purchase, NY @ The Stood
11/19 Annandale-on-Hudson, NY @ Root Cellar

Thelma is out 2/24 via Tiny Engines.

CREDIT: Grace Pendleton

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