Producer, singer and songwriter Teplice, aka Matilda Jones, will release her debut four track EP ‘Bright Future’ on Pastel Prism on October 18 2019.
Her self-assured debut EP sees the sculpting of sounds that combine the ghost of 1980s sentiment, a sprinkling of existential present and a glimmer of bright hope for the future.
“With this EP I wanted to think about time in relation to everything we fear, long for and expect” said Teplice, “drawing on contemporary feelings of angst, stagnation and uncertainty, I wanted to capture a sense of time elapsing at a personal, social and historical level. In this sense, considering how individual lives intersect with historical moments, my grandma has been a massive inspiration. [...] It was important to me that she was represented [in the artwork]".
While 'Late in the day' expresses feminine angst, detached frustration at a lack of change, 'I used to wait' is a cool yet decisive awakening against the gendered imperative to please, interrupted by the eerie, dystopic murmurs of the interlude. Finally, ‘Bright Future’, the EP's namesake, breeds a hopeful impulse; warm defiance in the face of dread.
“I’ve stayed in touch with Teplice since our workshops and have been so excited to hear new music” said E.M.M.A. “When I started the label, I had hoped to use it as a platform for past workshop attendees, so you can imagine how bowled over I was when Teplice started sending me some of the best music I’ve heard in ages.
“I think a lot of people will relate to the storytelling of the words. It is truth in its purest form, supported by a spectrum of production which evokes the heart-centred intent of songs we’ve seen last a lifetime.
“In these strange times, music can help guide us through periods where we are unsure of ourselves and what is around us. I hope everyone enjoys the EP as much as I do.”