We have always been a fan of singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore around these parts so we’re happy to share with you her brand new single, the commanding ‘Nice Normal Woman’ which should have you quaking in your boots. Taken from her forthcoming self-titled album, ‘Thea Gilmore’, the track is accompanied by the inspired stop-motion video created by Thea herself. =
Thea has said of ‘Nice Normal Woman’, “The song was inspired by a quote from Bette Davis in All About Eve (‘write me one about a nice normal woman who just shoots her husband’ ) and I wanted to make the video as real and crunchy as possible to reflect the idea in the track that the glorious, sometimes dark, often hilarious everyday gets missed so often in our eternal drive for the insta-perfection. So I sat on the end of my bed and took almost 800 still images of me in various states of genuine dishevelment and cut them all together to make the video.”
The new album was entirely written, played and produced by Thea herself and marks a new beginning for the artist. She explains: “On my last album I changed my name to Afterlight and drew a line under everything I’d done up to that point. Not to invalidate it, but to put an end to the ‘before’. It was a very inward-looking record that was rooted in the darkness of everything that happened to me up to 2019, whereas this album has its head up and is eyeing the world as a challenge. It’s a logical forward motion – the emergence from the shadows of Afterlight into the relative lightness of Thea Gilmore – in a renewal of my vows to music; my first love. In a weird way it feels like a debut of sorts so it made sense to make it eponymous.”
Gilmore will play London’s Union Chapel on 12th October and then an 11-date tour around the UK in early 2024. Full dates here.