Ailsa Tully is releasing her Holy Isle EP next month, and following from the macabre “Greedy” comes today’s new offering “Sheets”. She says:
“Sheets’ is about restlessness and trying to let yourself be still. It’s about waking up and feeling the anxious urge to be productive, to wash your clothes, to make your bed, but forcing yourself to slow down in order to share a moment with someone.”
Displaying masterful balance of instrumentation, Ailsa Tully puts us right into that early morning mindset on “Sheets”; with a washing machine quietly rumbling in the background, pattering drums and little wisps of guitar flickering in and out, we can practically smell the bedroom into which the sun is poking its new day rays. Tully displays some vocal brilliance, drawing curlicues in the air with the melody as she tries to push away the compulsion to get up and get active. Her cello sweeps in alongside clarinet from guest player Thallo, and on the backs of their heartening tones she seems to reach a place of acceptance that “maybe just being is enough for me” – a realisation that seems to hover in mid-air, caught beautifully in the fluttering melodic interplay, before it sinks down and subtly washes over you. So, this weekend, treat yourself to a lie in, throw on “Sheets” as you drift off again, and enjoy the freedom and all the pleasant dreams it brings.
Listen to “Sheets” below or find it on streaming platforms.
Ailsa Tully’s Holy Isle EP arrives on August 20 through Dalliance. She’s also playing 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 Wednesday August 25 – EARTH, London