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.

Tracklist:
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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