Welsh songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ailsa Tully has become a firm favourite around these parts with recent singles “Drive” and “Parasite”, and now she climbs onto our most anticipated releases of the year as she announced her new EP, Holy Isle, for release on August 20 via Dalliance. She’s also shared a track from the EP called “Greedy”, saying:
“‘Greedy’ is about the intensity of new beginnings and transitional stages of life where everything feels very raw. It is about the all-consuming feeling of wanting someone and opening myself up to the world in a new and messy way.”
“Greedy” doesn’t initially give away its intensity, as it’s a lightweight indie glider that soars beautifully through the realms of laid back dreampop. It’s only taking a closer look at the words that you can feel the tension in Tully’s attempts to forge a new relationship; it starts with the sharing of flirty messages and ends with them face to face in a highly encounter; “You look at me, silently / I feel the heat, the blood rush in.” Along the way, Tully goes through vicissitudes of feeling, one minute she’s dancing alone, the next she’s falling in love and admitting “I want to stay / empty out for you.” Her guitar follows a similar back and forth from feathery to direct, plucked bass and strings adding a sensitivity like prickles on the skin. This builds to the engorged finale, where she sings “I’m not eating anything / I’m greedy for your hunger,” and the song cuts off before we can hear what happens next, leaving a tantalising taste on our tongues.
Ailsa Tully’s Holy Isle EP arrives on August 20 through Dalliance. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram and see her at these dates:
Wednesday August 11 – Glasgow, King Tuts Friday August 13 – Manchester, Star and Garter Saturday August 14 – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club Thursday August 19 – Brighton, The Hope & Ruin Friday August 20 – Oxford, The Bullingdon Saturday August 21 – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge Thursday September 02 – London, Bermondsey Social Club Friday September 03 – Cardiff, Clwb lfor Bach