Book Lungs

July 29, 2019

Book Lungs

I miss the smell of split hardwood
And the weight of carrying something good
Finding and offloading firewood
That used to be me.

The thought appends to me
Like a spider’s web to a bloody finger
The acting and accounting
For entanglement.

Breathe like a spider
The book lungs of a spider

The fire, water, wind
And the sound of earthly sorrows
Couldn’t put the web down into the dirt
Nor settle on its incredible worth.

The spider quavers from left to right
The fits of agitation and disorder
Breathe happenings for nothing.

Breathe like a spider
The book lungs of a spider

Page by page
Leaf by leaf
Song by song 


Until all firewood has been carried and burned out.

(Words by Tylea copyright 2018)

Post Note

April 16, 2019

Hey Folks,

Last year, I experienced my last nervous performance in Melbourne at the Old Bar. Thanks to the team and friends who were there to witness my unplanned goodbye.

Officially, this is an official big thanks to everyone who has supported my 25-year performing history in Brisbane, starting in the Valley in 1993 and ending in mid 2018. My first venue gig was in the Valley at the Empire Hotel, followed up with gigs at the Zoo, cafes, bars, clubs and touring with Brisbane band, gota cola from 1996. I always wanted to be in a band (not actually a soloist, but hey…)

I will continue to write for myself and others who want to hear/see my art, and if gota cola ever got the courage or support to play again…I think that would be a nice way to catch up with old friends. Sea Life Park??

I gave performing a good crack and would like to give thanks to all the people who gave me a chance and allowed me the privilege of singing along with them, both on records and on stage.

I’ve had some good dreams within this world — singing at Festival Hall for EasyCheese, Livids, Big Day Outs, and beloved venues like the Zoo, (always the Zoo), Rics (always Rics), Babble-on….God, that place was an incredible blast, and Two Faces of Eve!! These places were the building blocks for my experience in Brisbane.

I am an introvert and its really time to officially go inward to where no Tylea has gone before. Please stay in contact via here if you feel like a chat one day; I don’t want to get too lonely.

Many thanks,

T x

Album Digital Release tomorrow

August 14, 2017

Tomorrow marks the official release of my first album in 12 years, so I thought I would give you a brief introduction to the title track of the record,  The Lake of Sand and Stone and write openly about it’s meaning.

The Lake of Sand and Stone is literally about sinking into a low state while not being able to see a way out of the murkiness. This state is also commonly referred to as depression.

Depression is destabilising. You cannot see what is above you or around and it taints the positives in your life. In this state, it can seem like you are always failing while everyone else is achieving. You become awash with emotions and pressure. You are met with feelings of failure. These feelings become overwhelming. They feelings can even make you believe it might be better if you disappeared.

This song is about sinking into that deep state, despite your best efforts to do so otherwise. Sometimes the pressure is too much. What happens when you get to the bottom of these emotions, is there anywhere else to go?  To use a well coined phrase, you can either sink or swim. Despite knowing that I am incredibly blessed and lucky, in the last few years, I have sunk more than I wanted. I know now that I am not the only one who feels this way. (We’re not alone anymore, and the lake is my bed).

Developing words and music is one of the main strategies I have to help me process the feelings around depression. In doing so, it has given me some mental control over the condition.

I am intimidated by the tone of social media and I find it a dangerous space at times. But what I will say is that I feel comfortable talking about emotions in and around my music. In doing so, I hope it opens up an understanding of the condition and the utmost importance of providing a supportive culture and environment around loved ones, friends and colleagues who are currently within the depths of this thinking.

Many thanks,

tylea

“The Lake of Sand and Stone” was produced, recorded and mixed by Jamie Trevaskis at Wild Mountain Sound Studio and features:  tylea vocals/guitar/keys; Jamie Trevaskis on sound; and Mia Goodwin on vocals. It was mastered by Steve Smart at Studios 301, Sydney.

Official Album Release date through Reverie Records:  Tuesday, August 15

Feature Image by John Feely

Make-Up by Emma-Louise Diamond

Wardrobe by Madonna Devaney

 

Album Launch Friday, September 15 @ the Old Museum

August 10, 2017

Album Launch presented by Electric Moon

with Almaryse and Mark Tropicana

Plus special guests: Jamie Trevaskis, Mia Goodwin, Dan McNaulty, Janey Mac, Chris Dale, Mardi Lumsden

 

Poster

Photo Art by John Feely

Make up by Emma Louise

Graphic Art by Brett Harris