Intimate electronic pop from Tirzah Mastin and Mica Levi.
Devotion is a collection of intimately quiet love songs, merged together like a montage of styles from soul to R&B and indie-pop. Tirzah's lyrics are the kind of introspective thoughts one might scribble down in a diary or share with a loved one. "I know we are made from / love and fantasy / I know we will be here for eternity," she sings over the shimmering final track, "Reach." Levi's off-kilter production has mellowed and matured. On spacier compositions such as "Affection," a single chord lets Tirzah's vocals meander carelessly. The watery keys of "Gladly" ripple under Tirzah's smokey croons and slouched-back R&B, gradually shifting towards the psychedelic.
There is a distinct lack of coherence in the album's aesthetic fluidity, but it's more exciting than it is jarring. "Basic Need" feels like a muted gospel song, while "Go Now" could be a stripped-back Destiny's Child track. Tirzah's R&B-tinged vocals trickle down Levi's warbling synths like water. "Guilty" is the unexpected curveball, with Auto-Tuned vocals and distorted power chords opening the track. The staccato piano scales and barebones percussion of the title track wander beneath Tirzah's sultry-sweet phrasing. It's striking how simple and affecting Devotion is as a whole. At a time when so much music is political and intellectualized, Tirzah's sincerity and candor is a breath of fresh air.