Tea Leaf // Disappear
Written by Kayla Albee
Tea Leaf is the solo project of Manchester based punk band Hora Douse’s front-man, Tom Lee. With lyrics detailing the internal experience that ensues as depression takes the wheel, Disappear is a far cry from the normally boisterous and aggressive punk rock music that Lee creates with a full band. Instead, Lee takes the scenic route with Disappear, complete with slow melodies and gentle, vulnerable lyrics that fall into soft guitar chords as Lee’s truth spills onto the pages.
The EP cover alone is stark and simplistic, proving to be symbolic of the tracks that it contains. Straightforward songs, written in a quaint storytelling fashion, seem less fine tuned and more “in the moment,” in turn providing an authentic sequence of emotional confessions. Lee offers the listener an exclusive look into themes of anxiety, anger, and depression that build into tremendous waves, eventually crashing and pouring out through song.
The lyrics aren’t always elegant, but there’s no obligation. Still, they awaken an uncomfortable perspective deep within the listener. There’s the trepidation of being rejected by loved ones, the back and forth of self doubt, and the self reflection on one’s own actions.
The music video for the EP’s title track, “Disappear,” follow suit as it’s a single black and white shot filmed out of a train window. The passing landscape looks bleak, however the scenery will change…eventually.
While “Disappear” bears the line “Formulating letters I’m too scared to send” in a sense the letter has already been signed, sealed and delivered as the entire EP serves as an assortment of letters to the past, to the present, and to the future seasons of life, seasons of self growth, regression, and reflection.
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