Crack out the tissue box – Thelma Plum’s latest album, Better in Blak, is an absolute powerhouse. She explores her autobiographical journey of how she transformed a period of her life from deep pain and sadness into courage and self-growth.
Like many people in the public light, Thelma Plum has experienced her fair share of online abuse. Despite wanting “to curl up into a ball and quit music forever” after one particularly awful day, Thelma Plum wrote ‘Better in Blak’. The passionate title track became a pop gem that was a positive proclamation of her identity as a Gamilaraay songwriter.
The album is deeply personal and challenged Thelma Plum to embrace vulnerability in a way like never before. “I’m talking about a part of myself that I haven’t really sung about in my other songs. It’s very much about my identity and also about healing,” she said. “To write about how I’m feeling and to see that on a piece of paper, it’s almost like I’m telling myself how I feel. It’s like therapy, basically.”
There are some impressive collaborations on the album as well. Her song ‘Made for You’ was written during a period of her life where she was deeply in love and serves as the closing track of the album and was co-written with Aussie legend Paul Kelly and The Beatles royalty Paul McCartney. The story of the collaboration is something of a fairy tale, “Paul McCartney came into the studio just to pick something up. I’d left for the day…He wrote a part, a guitar part, the main guitar part for the song and plays it on the record”.
For your chance to catch Thelma Plum’s new tunes in the flesh, check out her tour dates below. We’ve also included some handy accommodation recommendations.
Thelma Plum ‘Better in Blak’ Tour
Wollongong, University of Wollongong Uni Bar
Thursday, 15th August
Accommodation: ibis Sydney World Square, ibis Sydney Darling Harbour, ibis Sydney King Street Wharf, ibis Sydney Olympic Park Hotel
Melbourne, Corner Hotel
Wednesday, 28th August
Accommodation: ibis Melbourne Little Bourke Street, ibis Melbourne Swanston Street, ibis Melbourne Hotel & Apartments, ibis Melbourne Central, ibis Glen Waverley