The Toronto-based trio Tallies have just signed to Bella Union and their first single for the highly revered British independent record label is ‘No Dream of Fayres’. Marking the band’s first new music since their self-titled album back in 2019, ‘No Dreams of Fayres’ was produced by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and Dylan Frankland of Tallies at Palace Sound, Baskitball 4 Life and Candle Recording in Toronto and documents singer Sarah Cogan‘s battle with depression.
Speaking about the new single, Cogan says: “’No Dreams of Fayres’ is a reflection of thoughts that I remember going through my mind when I stayed still in bed. Feeling as though staying still in bed was the only thing that would help the sadness – basically, disconnecting myself from family, friends, and having a life. Finding the way out of depression was hard but possible. ‘No Dreams of Fayres’ is also about the realization of letting yourself feel real feelings but not mistaking them for emotions. I had to learn to get a grip of what I wanted out of life and go for it with no self-sabotage – which was music, as clichéd as it sounds. It pulled me out of bed, physically and mentally.”
As if set free from any form of prior restraint, ‘No Dreams of Fayres’ just floats into earshot. As ethereal as it is liberating, the song is sound of quietly understated triumph.
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