Release Date: Nov 6, 2020
Record label: Harmonia Mundi
Written to work through a mental breakdown, Positive Mental Health Music deals with the fragility of the mind and body, intimacy, and suicidal thoughts, while simultaneously celebrating growth, solidarity, and togetherness. Each component brings forth its own texture and hue, the dense sonic canvas varnished with a layer of humour; a melting pot of colour and vitality. Prioritising sincerity over severity, the record effortlessly jumps between self-deprecation ("Buddha"), corporeal inquisitions ("New Boi"), to even a dangerously catchy bop about suicide ("Golden Rope").
South London band Tiña have the honour of being the first act to release an album on Speedy Wunderground, the label whose series of rapidly produced singles has kickstarted the careers of Black Midi, Squid and Black Country, New Road and augured in what might be a new golden age of indie. That Tiña are first to release a full length LP on the label might just be a quirk of fate, but the fact that they caught the attention of Speedy Wunderground supremo Dan Carey, a producer whose illustrious CV also includes work with Kae Tempest, Nick Mulvey, TOY and Fontaines DC, suggests they might be worth a listen. In a sense, Positive Mental Health Music is an album that does what it says on the tin.