iii fold [ep] press release
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iii fold [ep]
iii fold [ep] Credits + Liner Notes
Title: III fold
EP Release Date: April 1, 2019
Genre: Soul, Afro House
Author/Songwriter: TIAYL (Xolisa Jerome)
Composer/Producer: TIAYL (Xolisa Jerome)
iii fold [ep]
April 1, 2019
On the helm of the Spring season & the newness that Spring brings forth, TIAYL introduces to us, “III fold”, her 4th self-produced body of work, the first to be released under her newly adapted name, “TIAYL”. This 3-song EP is dedicated to the process of letting go & speaks intimately on TIAYL’s personal lessons learnt on letting go, experienced over the last year (2018).
TIAYL’s production on III fold, is just as rich & luscious in its sonics, as it is raw & penetrating in lyricism & vocal delivery. Once again, TIAYL allows us to sit with what is uncomfortable, what is painful, what is difficult - yet holds & carries us through it all with a sense of resilience & incredible vulnerability.
III fold, speaks on 3 different approaches to letting go that the Toronto native has come to learn, each approach represented in a song:
The EP’s opening number, “Her”, is an acoustic ballad about letting go by choice. “Her” is filled with an explosive burst of harmonics, strings, vocal samples & lo-fi happenings, as TIAYL sings candidly on her choice to let go of a friendship that has become toxic over the years. The song itself is a capture of 2 conversations being had simultaneously. The first, between TIAYL & the “her” in question with lyrics, “I let you go and all that you have done to hurt me”. The second, a conversation, or confession of sorts, between TIAYL & God, with lyrics, “And I know you been tryna show me some thangs, for quite sometime…and I know I haven’t trusted you.”
After a climatic intro, listeners are brought to rest on “1139”, a soulful, melodic lullaby that stands on its own 2 feet as a testimony to letting go in surrender to Spirit, to the Universe, to the Creator. TIAYL’s vocals churn out a beautifully, haunting mix of pain & peace in letting go of control & surrendering to patience. With retro guitar strokes & a sturdy, steady, clock-like, drum pattern that anchors the song beneath TIAYL’s raw vocals, listeners are rocked back & forth carefully, lovingly, in the warmth of TIAYL’s voice & production.
To close the EP, TIAYL delivers to us “IDK” which gives a heartbreaking glimpse into the thoughts, emotions & ruminations of a person whose loved one has taken their own life. With an ambient fusion of Afro House, Deep House & Caribbean nuances, the lo-fi atmospheric “IDK” brilliantly ups the tempo of III fold & sends listeners on a cosmic journey that hopes for a peace found for this departed spirit, while challenging their choice of suicide in blatantly asking, “Is peace really yours, now?”
Individually, each song on III fold brings forth its very own atmospheric pull, aura & energy. As a whole, the listening experience is one that is short in counted measure, yet spans a lifetime in its introspective lyricism, gritty-smooth vocal delivery & intricate production. A collection of unique experience, strung together delicately in calculated spontaneity & intentional inward journeying.
“This project was un-intentionally birthed in the midst of chaos, immense shedding & re-discovery . I created these songs, without thinking of their end destination, but rather recognizing that I needed to create through the pain of letting go.”
“One of the incredible things about letting go & healing period, is that it hurts first. The act of letting go, the act of healing - these acts that evolve us & allow us to experience new joy - they can be excruciating processes. When I chose to let go of the things that inspired theses songs, it came with much hurt because letting go of what we are familiar with, comfortable with, have maybe even built an identity around - it can be devastating. What helped me to stay the course however, was knowing that letting go was what was best for me. My intention with III fold, is for its music to be a helping aid to those navigating the letting go of whatever or whoever it is they recognize they need to let go of, because it’s what’s best for them. My intention is for these songs to be a source of strength & a reminder that we’re never alone in our healing process, despite the fact that our healing process must be for us & us alone.”
“Letting go is a process. It doesn't happen in one instant, but the continuous choices that we make to let go, they count for something. They count toward each individual step that allows us to reach a place where there is no longer anything left to let go of, because we've completely released that situation, that person, that offense, that behavioral pattern from our mental, emotional and physical grip. It's a work in progress for sure, but I know that we'll each the destinations we're deserving of in our healing."
TRUST IN ALL YOUR LIGHT
With a voice that weaves together the rawness of our reality and a smoothness that only she can exude - TIAYL (formally performing under her birth name Xolisa) is a force, all within herself, passionately dedicated to celebrating our individual and collective healing - with an unapologetic emphasis on the continued healing and upward ascension of Black men, womxn and non-binary identifying persons.
TIAYL delivers her message of love by any means necessary - lyrically potent as singer, emcee, songwriter and producer, creating music that is a juxtaposition in itself.
Her songwriting is strikingly raw, uncut and unfiltered, yet her production possesses a deeply nurturing and instinctive groove, together creating a sound that invites (or at time commands) listeners to face themselves and all their truths, while being comforted and held along the way. Flowing intuitively between Neo-Soul, R&B, Hip Hop and Afro-House, TIAYL's music has a magical way of uprooting our deepest hurts, fears and traumas and guiding us to a place where we can grant ourselves the permission to sit with those seeds in love - despite the discomfort.
TIAYL, which stands for "Trust In All Your Light", personifies her choice to hold herself accountable in believing in her purpose, while simultaneously inspiring others to do just the same, and as the Trinidadian-Canadian songwriter pens us songs dedicated to her name sake, we sit back and experience just who this young woman is, in all her creative abilities.
Bold and gently uplifting.
Standing firm in every ray of her inner being.
To illuminate every corner of this world and shine a light on its people - their crooked places, their dark places, their ugly places, every sunken corner and every unhealed abyss that exists within us - where demons take refuge and where ego thrives on our pain.
To elevate our people through messages that force us, to face us.
TIAYL is here, in all of her light.
The highlights listed below are accolades received during the period of 2012 to 2017 before the re-brand, when TIAYL was formally performing under her birth name, “Xolisa”.
A successfully completed 1 year international tour of the album, “And Gaps Do Lead To Bridges” (2016-2017). Cities include: Toronto, Ontario; Melbourne, Australia; Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; Atlanta, Georgia; Brooklyn, New York; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; Windsor, Ontario (Independently funded).
A 2015 Black Canadian Awards nomination for “Artist On the Rise”
A “Rising Artist” feature from Urbanology, Canada’s leading urban culture publication/website
"Free Fall", written and produced by TIAYL, featured in the short film, "Guard Your Peace", by screenwriter/director, Felicia Guy-Lynch
Performances with: Young Paris (Congo/New York), Denitia and Scene (Brooklyn) and Nitty Scott MC (New York), Melanie Durrant and Frankie Payne (Toronto)
She has performed locally, nationally and internationally in: Toronto (The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Yonge- Dundas Square, Lee's Palace, Revival and The Harbourfront Centre – West Jet Stage); Melbourne, Australia (Bar Oussou, Grumpy's, and The Horse Bazaar); New York (Tsion Cafe and The Paperbox); Windsor (Phog Lounge); Ottawa (Origin Studio)
Recognition and airplay at influential campus, online and commercial radio from DJs in Canada, Europe and the United States, including Toronto DJ Mel Boogie who says Xolisa is, "One to Watch in the City"
A G98.7FM (Toronto) “Great Canadian Sound Clash” winner in 2015 on the, 100%CDN show
A feature performance at Manifesto’s (Toronto) 9th annual Hip Hop and community festival (2015)
Xolisa is a part of Canada's Music Incubator’s roster of artist entrepreneurs.