B.C.-based multi-instrumentalist and looping artist, Uschi Tala has unveiled their debut full-length album, Between the Veil.
Bridging experimental sounds with occult themes and serene rhymes, the queer, genderfluid artist channels the gothic folk of Chelsea Wolfe and the looping energy of Tash Sultana, while bringing attention to social issues and empowering others.
Uschi Tala, who lives on the traditional territory of the Sinixt First Nation in B.C.’s Slocan Valley, uses the struggle between man and nature as a metaphor to reflect on colonial violence towards marginalized people on tracks “Don’t Heavy On” and “Warriors of Darkness, Wielders of Light.”
“The first is about luring your demons, healing trauma, and coming to terms with your truth in order to reframe your worldview, while the latter is about transforming that darkness into direct action,” said Uschi Tala.
The artist’s relationship with the natural world is again drawn upon for “Naturdisiac,” a love letter to their overwhelming awe of B.C.’s sacred, breathtaking landscapes.
“I have come and gone from the area for many years,” they said. “This time, I came with a mission to record and release this album. I have done a lot of important self-work while writing and recording Between the Veil, and this place has definitely played a part in that. It has held my light and shadow in very close proximity, giving me the space to go inward and pull these songs forth to share.”
Between the Veil will be available on all streaming platforms on November 13. You can also look for their showcase slot at the 2021 edition of Canadian Music Week.
Check out Between the Veil below, and be sure to stay up to date with Uschi Tala via their socials.
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