“White Couches,” the third single from Thelma’s forthcoming debut album, is sung from the perspective of an outsider looking in. Natasha Jacobs, the project’s arresting vocalist and songwriter, sees herself as impure, and the white couches of the title stand in for how she’ll never feel comfortable if she allows herself into someone else’s life. “I can’t sit on your white couches tonight/ Those angular seats will never be right/ For my hips hold a pain/ Doesn’t match my age,” she sings, drums and guitar jutting out unexpectedly with all the irregularity she feels. The song breaks like a bone, sharp and painful: “You must live in a nice home/ You must work hard for what you own/ I am not much but a child, filthy and spoiled.” Listen via GoldFlakePaint below, and check out the previous singles, “If You Let It” and “Peach.”
Thelma is out 3/10 via Tiny Engines.