Releasing her debut album Then, Théa Marie is an artist you don’t want to miss. All about the realities of growing up, Théa expresses her fears through honest stories that have left an emotional impact on her perceptions of life.
The first song on this record, Always Be There, immediately builds a relationship between her and her listeners by showing them it’s both normal and acceptable to fear things in life. The warm, acoustic guitar adds to the comforting atmosphere as we feel like we know Théa personally and witness her loving side. Her soft yet quirky vocals are something that has stayed consistently strong and prominent throughout this record and her careful use of harmonies help bring colour and allow her vocals to shine even more.
Cote De Azur completely changes up the expectations of the album as the groovy bassline and catchy French chorus pushes the record towards a fun and upbeat nature. Switching smoothly between French and English, Théa blends her cultures together and manages to keep the listener engaged with the refreshing and easy French chorus.
Don’t Walk Away sounds a little jazzier than previous songs as Théa Marie sings about a boy she once fell for. The instrumental stabs create a strong structure and allows the focus to be on her carefully thought out lyrics as she takes us through one of her journeys. The assertiveness in her voice is quite different to the natural elegance she has already acquired and makes the song even more exciting and fun to listen to. It could be, perhaps one of the best songs on this EP which is completely different to the dark and sombre I Lied which brushes over her regrets in life.
Following this same feel, Start Of Us is a different kind of love song which kicks off with a dreary guitar part before it brightens up after the first verse whilst she tells us about the person she fell in love with, representing the ups and downs of a relationship.
Everyone fears growing up and has memories that they hold onto forever from their teenage years, whether that be positive or not. Théa is great at showing us honest versions of her memories and whilst making each song both relatable and entertaining it is difficult not to fall in love with both her and her stories.