Introducing Evocative Storyteller TALIA,
New Single “colder” Out Now
“Effortlessly blending the orchestral and the contemporary, the past and present, pop and R&B, TALIA makes it hard to tie her to one style, only making her an even more intriguing artist to keep our eye on.” – EARMILK
Few artists can capture a feeling in its purest form, but for fresh pop artist TALIA it comes naturally. Inspired by the isolation felt after being left alone in her apartment during the pandemic, TALIA shows all of her vulnerabilities in her latest single, “colder.”
Through a hollow production, vacant synth-line and echoing vocals TALIA casts herself into her own realm, encapsulating loneliness in its rawest form. “I remember the day I wrote ‘colder;’ I was reflecting a lot on a complicated relationship I had a while ago. Coming out of a relationship with a lot of confusion and miscommunication hurts because I felt like it could have been saved ‘if only’ I or the other person had fought harder for it. Regret is always annoying because it just creeps back in. I usually write songs to help me understand or process my emotions. It’s definitely jarring to feel like the person I gave so much love and warmth to could suddenly be so cold.” The track is produced by sergioisdead who has credits including Merges and Lil B.
Earlier this year she released “Shiver” which caught the attention of Quadio Records, an independent label based in New York City that champions the next generation of recording artists. TALIA’s ability to bring audiences in as she navigates and expresses the joys and challenges of the human experience led to Vice President Abir Hossain signing her. “Every so often — it’s rare, actually — you hear a voice that captures emotion with so much rawness, honesty and vulnerability, you feel it viscerally,” he says. “I knew I had to hear more.”
Quadio is a music streaming and social media platform, combined with a live events business, designed to change the way music is made, discovered, and enjoyed in college communities. Through the streaming and social media company, Quadio Records was born. Quadio Records is an independent label that champions the next generation of recording artists. Based in New York City, the label seeks out multidisciplinary creatives with a point of view, taking a hands-on approach to developing and sharing their vision with the world. Songs of artists from Quadio Records are distributed by Disruptor / Sony distribution.
Crafting soundscapes comes easy to TALIA. In addition to being a songwriter she is an actress and filmmaker, pulling her creative energy into everything she produces. The Caribbean-American artist grew up listening to a variety of genres ranging from Reggae and Calypso to Rock and R&B. Alongside her brother Kai Blu, an R&B singer/songwriter, TALIA merged these genres, and her background in classical music, to create a unique blend of bedroom pop.
While only her second release, “colder” carries an emotional depth that takes artists years to find. With her debut EP, headrush, in the works this heart wrenching multi-dimensionalist is just getting started.
Listen to “colder” on all streaming platforms: HERE
Quadio Records VP Abir Hossain clearly remembers the first time he heard music by TALIA. An evocative blend of R&B and bedroom pop, with silvery ribbons of Solange, FKA Twigs, and Clairo woven through, it was, aptly, a song entitled “Shiver.”
Hossain, the former head of A&R for bitbird, soon found himself on the phone with the 21-year-old singer/songwriter, who was as surprised to hear from him as he was to discover that “Shiver” was the first track she’d ever uploaded. “If Shiver was the beginning, I was blown away by the possibility of what could follow.”
Over the next several months, that excitement was confirmed, and then some, as TALIA began to build her discography with a collection of intimate, lush, and deeply personal tracks which will soon be released in her debut EP, headrush. The songs, which explore mad love and messy endings, are journeys into TALIA’s soul, with lyrics that both ache and soar. “I wanted to pour out the emotions that have brought me to this moment, I wanted to ask the questions on my heart,” the artist explains. “headrush is about the journey of me becoming who I am to this day.”
At the beginning of this year, TALIA was closing in on a career in acting, but when Covid shut that door, the door to music opened wider. With acting, she realized, she could still hide — behind a character or a script. But with songwriting, all her defenses could come down, a state of “complete vulnerability” that she ardently sought. And so her quarantine became an explosion of song. “I started writing about the people that have brought me the most love and the most pain, because sometimes they are the same, and that’s how life works,” she says. “I want my music to ask questions, ‘How do I move forward after I’ve gone through this experience?’ I just wrote and wrote and let it pour out.”
Hossain acknowledges TALIA is earlier in her creative arc than the label’s other artists, but his excitement about her future is no less because of it. “TALIA’s story isn’t written yet,” he says. “We discover new layers of her every day.”
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