EP Review: Tallsaint – Hard Love

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

She's been making waves since 2018, but Leeds artist Tallsaint has had a breakthrough year thanks to her unique and feeling-driven brand of alt-pop. Released via Dance to the Radio, her debut EP Hard Love is an intimate and emotional release that channels an array of surging feelings, whether it's frustration, disappointment, infatuation or being in love. Tallsaint's EP presents four different and enchanting slices of alt-pop heaven.

The EP opens up with the title-track 'Hard Love', which is fierce and piercing number about feeling frustrated. The fiery opener is home to soaring synths and commanding drums that balance perfectly with her confident vocals. From beginning to end, you can feel the weight of every word she sings on multiple levels. Despite singing about feeling disappointed, she's self-assured and the cards are in her hands, "so what's it going to be, hard love?" Next up is the vibrant sounds of 'Warm Skin', which is a reflective and bewitching track about intimacy and love, and the beauty of such feelings — even when they sometimes cause us pain. Even though the track is driven by powerful and all-consuming emotions, it's playful and infectious — it's the type of song that makes you want to dance everything that you're feeling.

The EP then moves into 'Skin Deep', which is a cinematic track that was inspired by real conversations and moments.  The industrial pop track features poignant words such as "Trying to be kinder to myself / my tired eyes have grown from your loaded mind." The release concludes with the tender sounds of 'Comfortable Silence', which features delicate vocals and a growing thumbing sound that resembles a heartbeat. Though her vocals remain quiet and introspective, the instrumentals continue to escalate in the background.

Each moment of Hard Love is magical and will make you feel something remarkable — Tallsaint's EP is a release that will appeal to all your senses.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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