Malka - I'm Not Your Soldier

Malka - <i>I'm Not Your Soldier</i>

Three albums into Tamara Schlesinger's most recent project, Malka, and we have an album that is not only a brilliant listen but is also the best of her career so far. I'm Not Your Soldier is a twelve track LP that feels both utterly personal and almost otherworldly in its exploration of sound and music and it's a combination that Tamara has tuned to perfection.

There isn't a track here that isn't utterly enthralling - but the high points are almost certainly the two singles released so far - 'Taking It Back' and 'Moving Together' are both stunning in their execution providing both the most enticing of hooks alongside the varied and detailed soundscapes that have become a trademark of the singer. 'Moving Together', along with its wonderful video, feels like we're looking deep into Tamara's past life as a gymnast and the feelings she felt when performing. Lyrically beautiful, the words and sounds interweave to an almost magical degree.

The second half of the album becomes something of a showcase of Tamara's vocal abilities - at times her voice is delicate to the point of breaking before kicking the more powerful, driven, sound that we are more familiar with from her time leading 6 Day Riot. Sometimes this turn in sound happens within seconds and many times within the same track - 'Don't Believe It' in particular is a track that demonstrates this perfectly.

'Tiny Fires' is another stunning composition that thrives on the percussive ticks that are another Malka trademark and 'Hardly Sleep' is a textbook example of building a layered and intriguing track that defies all expectation - opening with a simple finger click beat it grows organically into something wondrous.

I'm Not Your Soldier is available to buy from 28th February on digital download, CD and eco-friendly vinyl. There isn't an artist that deserves your support more.

Overall

With 'I'm Not Your Soldier' Malka has perfected her art. Experimental without feeling twee and some of the catchiest tracks we've heard this year.

TDF GOLD

10

out of 10

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