Wed May 25 2022

8:30 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

August Hall

420 Mason St San Francisco, CA 94102

$25.00

All Ages

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Proof of Vaccination: NOT required for entry.

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Masks: Please bring a mask. While there is no longer an indoor mask mandate at August Hall our staff will remain masked and we respectfully ask that all patrons and guests wear a mask while interacting with staff. Thank you!

**The health screening protocols above are subject to change per show at the artist’s request. Any show specific changes will be updated via email prior to the show. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.**

August Hall Presents
Tirzah, Ouri

  • Tirzah

    Tirzah

    Electronic Pop

    Tirzah the artist is an idea that’s hard to hold on to. The Essex-born performer has been at the centre of the vital post-grime and UK garage sound of London for the better half of a decade but it’s only now that her work has come to full fruition. Devotion is years in the making, recorded mostly in the shared houses and makeshift studios of her South London crew of artists and friends, all while life — and love — happened in the meantime. The full-length album is written and produced with musician, composer and childhood friend, Micachu, and it’s a downbeat excursion into the moody inner life of an unusually talented lyricist. Songs about the complexity and conflict of a very human, very confusing feeling come through in listless lines like “I thought that I would call you but I never could do it,” while a faltering bass line carries it through a tumbledown assemblage of samples and vocal cutups. Track titles like ‘Gladly,’ ‘Guilty’ and ‘Reach’ reveal their emotional tone with a single word, while Micachu’s dilapidated beats underscore the brittle nature of desire and romance.

    “I still feel like the combativeness is in there,” Tirzah says, following the suggestion that the droll self-protection of ‘I’m Not Dancing’ — released on Joe Goddard of Hot Chip’s Greco-Roman label in 2013 — has dissipated with Devotion. “Maybe it’s just well-hidden,” she muses, “or in a different form.” That track, articulating the ambivalence of affection over a steady (and danceable) rhythm, catapulted Tirzah and her effortlessly delivered insights into the consciousness of a thriving dance-pop underground. Since then, there’s been a smattering of other laconic releases, rough ideas and performances sung live and across the internet. There was the No Romance EP the following year, a performance with Micachu at the Boiler Room and guest vocals on tracks by SBTRKT, Baauer and Tricky, as well as some more unconventional amateur video works.

    This playfully DIY approach to the project reaches in to Tirzah and Micachu’s audiovisual aesthetic and goes out as far back as their long-time friendship. Almost two decades in the making, the duo’s collaboration started during their school days at Watford’s Purcell School for Young Musicians. Officially, they each studied harp and viola respectively. Unofficially, Micachu was teaching herself electronic music production and Tirzah was lending her voice to it. One rare early demo is a song called ‘Go Now,’ reworked and reappearing on Devotion as a powerful standout giving space to Tirzah’s silky-smooth vocal inflections. “It all started from there to me, pretty much,” she says, “so it still feels relevant.”

    It’s in this updated version of ‘Go Now’ where you can really hear the soul and gospel influences of Tirzah’s surprising inspirations in Al Green, Barry White and D’Angelo. There’s an understatement, though, a vulnerability that is unique to her own songwriting, where a simple four syllables, like “I want your arms,” can speak volumes on loss and longing. “It’s pretty hard because, to me, it usually makes more sense a while afterwards than at the time of writing it,” she says about her instinctual creative process that often leaves her feeling vulnerable and exposed. That’s where Tirzah’s perspective on the continued combativeness of her work rings true. There’s a peculiar duality to the sound of Devotion, crossing genres, themes and approaches, and offering a listener a series of glimpses into a depth of emotion, while never quite fully revealing itself. It’s that tough exterior protecting an extremely sensitive soul — a true intimacy.

    Tirzah’s is the kind of honesty you could only really achieve from a place of comfort, which might explain why most of her work to date has been very much a chosen-family affair. Featuring on Micachu’s early Micachu mixtape, Filthy Friends, in 2009 and performing at iconic Shoreditch venue Plastic People at its peak, Tirzah comes from a crop of artists who got their start in the dynamic experimental dance scene of the 2010s. It saw garage, grime and dubstep boil over and fuse with pop, RnB and hip hop to produce other innovative musicians like Ghostpoet, Elan Tamara and The Invisible, all of whom have worked together in one capacity or another, not least by appearing on the Kwesachu mixtapes. Kwes (of the aforementioned Kwes and Micachu portmanteau project) himself worked on the Devotion mix with Micachu, while his younger brother Coby Sey features as the only guest voice for the album’s title track. “He joined me doing live sets,” says Tirzah about bringing the up and coming producer and songwriter onto the record, “he’s a great musician and it’s a ‘part-of-the-journey’ type thing.”

    Devotion is very much a journey. It’s a deeply personal hallucination of British RnB at its best, where the rough edges of Micachu’s famously experimental sonic scraps are softened by Tirzah’s melancholy words. An odd keyboard melody opens ‘Basic Need’ before dissolving into a slow groove of musings on a crumbling relationship: “I won’t let you leave, I can see through you.” While there’s something to be said for comparing Tirzah’s sound to the cool neo-soul of Seattle’s THEESatisfaction and the dance-imbued RnB of fellow Londoner Katy B — Devotion is very much its own peculiar construction, built on the sad streets and gloomy days of a forever breaking heart.

  • Ouri

    Ouri

    Dance/Electronic

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August Hall Presents

Tirzah, Ouri

Wed May 25 2022 8:30 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

August Hall San Francisco CA
Tirzah, Ouri

$25.00 All Ages

Proof of Vaccination: NOT required for entry.

Proof of Negative Test: NOT required for entry.

Masks: Please bring a mask. While there is no longer an indoor mask mandate at August Hall our staff will remain masked and we respectfully ask that all patrons and guests wear a mask while interacting with staff. Thank you!

**The health screening protocols above are subject to change per show at the artist’s request. Any show specific changes will be updated via email prior to the show. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.**

Please correct the information below.

Select ticket quantity.

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All Ages
limit 4 per person
General Admission
$25.00

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Terms & Conditions

Attendee takes full responsibility, and assumes the risk, for, and hereby agrees to indemnify, release and hold Jasper Hall, LLC (dba August Hall & Fifth Arrow) and its affiliates harmless from and against any and all damage, loss, costs, fines, demands, actions, claims, causes of action and/or other liability (including court costs and attorneys' fees) that may be suffered or incurred by or asserted against Japer Hall, LLC arising out of Attendee's attending of an event, to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Attendee further RELEASES, WAIVES, DISCHARGES AND COVENANTS NOT SUE OR MAKE ANY CLAIM AGAINST Jasper Hall, LLC for damages, expenses, losses, or other liability whatsoever that may be sustained or suffered by Client as a direct or indirect result of Attendee's attending of an event WHETHER ARISING UNDER A THEORY OF CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, PRODUCT LIABILITY, COIVD-19 or OTHER TRANSMISSIBLE ILLNESS OR DISEASE OR ANY OTHER THEORY, KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, SUSPECTED OR UNSUSPECTED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LIABILITY CAUSED IN PART BY THE NEGLIGENCE OR FAULT OF Jasper Hall, LLC, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. CLIENT SPECIFICALLY UNDERSTANDS AND AGREES THAT THIS RELEASE WILL PREVENT CLIENT AND ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS FROM BRINGING A LAWSUIT, CLAIM OR OTHER ACTION AGAINST JASPER HALL, LLC AND FROM RECOVERING ANY MONEY DAMAGES OR OTHER LEGAL RELIEF FROM JASPER HALL, LLC IN CONNECTION WITH ANY OF THE LIABILITY RELEASED ABOVE.

By attending an event, the attendee also expressly agrees to comply with any and all laws, rules and policies of the event organizers. The event organizers reserve the right to refuse service to any person who does not comply.