FOLLOWING a triumphant launch party at the Hug and Pint on Wednesday night, Theo Bleak has shared her new EP ‘Iliad’.

The stunning six-track collection is inspired by the ancient Greek poem, which Theo has used as a framework to describe her experiences and how being ‘roommates with the past’ has affected her.

Taken flight by the line “we’ll never be here again”, there’s a really personal and reflective tone to the project – earnest and emotive but never cloying. In fact, it may be the most self-assured release we’ve heard from Theo Bleak – there’s romance, wistfulness, catharsis, melancholy and gratitude to the songwriting. And when bolstered by those 90s midwest emo guitars and driving drums, it makes for a mesmerising listen.

Opening with the brilliant ‘Homer’, the project is carefully segmented by two dreamy interludes, while ‘To The Boys’ takes centre stage. Full of addictive melodies and emotive lyrics, it’s rooted in very real issues. She says “‘To the Boys’ is about the other supposed ‘Bohemians’ from Dundee and the unwanted tie we have to each other. It is about how addiction issues of varying kinds became an issue, in place of failed dreams. ‘What happened to the boys’ includes me.”.

‘Iliad’ is another triumph from Theo Bleak – and it’s sure to spark some well-deserved momentum for the singer-songwriter and her band. With a slot at All Points East confirmed this summer, further dates are expected to be announced soon.

Tune into the EP below.