After dropping a handful of single releases over the past few months, including a February 14th offering [‘More Than Friends‘], South London singer Tallulah has released ‘Purple’, a 3 track EP which looks at issues of love and relationships. Released her own Trash Like You record label and clocking in at just over 10 minutes, all of the tracks have their time to shine and have an almost entrancing theme that brings them all together. Tallulah is able to cement her own style throughout, adding to the overall intimate-ness of the project. It feels personal, and it should, but it also allows you to reflect – perhaps on similar situations, you faced and experienced before. Following ‘Purple”s release, we caught up with Tallulah to discuss the project and explored its meaning in the modern era;
With the release of Purple, what was the key message you were trying to get through to your listeners?
I wouldn’t say there was a message, to be honest. There just three songs are written about how I felt, about three separate and very different relationships. I’d love if people listened to them and could relate, and found comfort in knowing others had felt the same as them but actually if any of my friends or anyone came to me and described the same issues I’ve experienced and written about in those songs I’d say, ‘don’t dwell and move on.’ I guess I’d say things that are easier said than done.
On Purple, there are themes of broken relationships and at times, regret. Do you find writing as a form of emotional therapy when looking back on past love?
I 100% do. I always write about how I feel at that exact moment, my songs are kind of like diary entries I guess. I’m actually really happy right now, so my latest songs I’ve been working on are very pretty and positive, which makes a change!
With the track ‘Strangers’, you explore the idea of two people drifting apart and no longer recognise one another. In 2019, with the advancement of social and internet dating – do you think people find it harder to connect and fall in love?
It’s not necessarily as literal as no longer recognising each other, more those feelings like you don’t know how to react or respond to someone you used to know so well. I 100% think that online dating has affected peoples real-life relationships and their process of connecting and falling in love. For some people I think it’s a good thing, those who aren’t that confident, or wouldn’t feel comfortable approaching someone face to face. However, for most, I think it’s the same way I feel about most things that happen online; it’s so fast and ever changing that not much seems to stick. Every time one thing comes out there’s something new the next day, a song, a photo or a video and I guess that’s the same for likes and matches now.
“Making art and music means sometimes I’m in my own world”
You’ve also looked at other ways of engaging with your audience, including directing a short film and creating a zine. Why do you believe it’s important to create a variety of content in the modern era?
I don’t know that I do those things necessarily with an intention of the audience, I’m a very visual person and I think a lot of it just comes down to the fact that when I write I simultaneously envision colour and imagery. I used to love buying albums on CD when I was growing up, a massive part of that was to be able to have the pull out booklet, that usually has pictures, lyrics and thank yous. So I hope the zine gives people that feeling. I think the more content that goes alongside the music, the better I can tell my stories.
You’ve been active in talking about social issues and encouraging others to do the same. As a musician, do you think you have a responsibility to make people aware of these issues and what more can be done by artists in general?
It’s difficult, because I guess essentially I’m an artist and an entertainer, and a lot of the time I don’t think I’m a good enough person or an active enough person to be followed in terms of social issues and being socially aware. Making art and music means sometimes I’m in my own world and don’t know as much as I’d like to about current affairs. Saying that however, there are certain things I feel too strongly to not say anything on, like the recent bans on abortion across different states in America. I use social media to talk about my own mental health quite a bit, but it’s more from my own personal experiences. it’s great if people can relate to that and feel as though it’s nothing to be ashamed of. I personally wish I did more, and was more knowledgeable in a lot of things.
What are your plans for the rest of the year and what do you want to say you’ve achieved by the end of the year?
I’d like to release two more projects this year, another EP and hopefully something bigger towards the end of the year. I want to continue making stuff I’m proud of and feels authentically me.
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