A lot can change in the space of a year if you simply allow it to. Although Tally Spear released her debut EP, Fade To White, to critical acclaim in the spring of 2018, she knew that something didn’t feel quite right to her. Having attracted nearly 200,000 streams for her single Days Like These, alongside enjoying performances at some notable festivals including Black Deer and VegFest, she decided to take some time out and give her creativity room to breathe.
During the 5 months she spent crafting her new material alongside acclaimed writer/producer Martin Hollis (Adele, Mark Ronson, Tom Walker) at British Grove Studios, Tally went through a musical transition. She took time out from performance, social media and just immersed herself in a journey of self-discovery.
We caught up with Tally to find out more.
Hello there Tally, it's been a while since we last spoke. What has changed in the last year?
Hello! I feel like so much has changed, even if not noticeably from the outside. My goals have changed, as well as my outlook and approach to achieving them.
When we last spoke, you had just released your debut EP. What lessons did you learn from the record?
That EP was a reflection of my musical tastes leading up to that time… I was very lucky to have received some great feedback, but for me it was the beginning of a change that was inevitable for me as an artist. It showed me what felt right and what didn’t and I was inspired to take the time out that I needed to be creative.
You have taken your time recording the follow-up. What can we expect?
You can expect a lot of energy from this track!!
What would you say is the biggest change in your writing and recording process?
City Girl was produced by Martin Hollis, an incredible producer who saw my vision for this track and helped me bring it to life in the studio. We had a great time experimenting with production at British Grove Studios - I used this time to really be open minded about new sounds and new processes…
City Girl is stunning. We hear echoes of Tegan & Sara and Sam Fender in your sound. Who would you compare yourself to artistically?
Thank you so much. I think there are lots of comparisons that can be made, but I also do feel that every artist is totally individual… There isn’t any one person I feel able to compare myself to. However I’m inspired by Alice Merton, Sigrid and Billie Eilish at the moment.
Tell us the story behind the song…
Do you ever feel like you’re looking in at a situation from the outside? Like you’re almost detached from something or someone? ‘I’m just taking it in…’ is the first line of the chorus in City Girl, and it refers to feeling like an observer. This song is about feeling unable to commit to someone, and takes the loose form of a love song, but it’s also a tale about detachment & loneliness in a big city and a modern world.
Is City Girl a good example of your current direction?
For sure. I’m really excited to share more of the music I’ve been working on.
Finally, can we expect a tour anytime soon?
I’m playing a number of London dates, as well as an exciting event in Nottingham in the summer, but in terms of a tour — my fingers are crossed!
Tally Spear, 10th April 2019, 20:09 PM