IRTH (Marley IRedale and Jesse THom) are a songwriting duo from BC, Canada who draw from a diverse range of musical genres, including folk, jazz, world, electronica and r&b, to weave their own unique style of ethereal indie pop music infused with strong melody and emotion. With two distinct styles of performance – “Beats” (dancy/sultry) and “Birds” (dreamy folk/listening room), the duo create and perform their material using an array of live instruments and an arsenal of vintage gear, analog tape effects, spring verbs and dusty old tubes. The result? A unique sound that bridges earth and wire – a place where electricity meets and dances with the naked, human body.
IRTH formed in the fall of 2016 when the two longtime collaborators, who had toured internationally together for the previous 8 years with critically acclaimed Canadian folk trio Dirty Grace as well as in the West Coast superband The Honey Tongues, decided to explore their inspiration to create ‘deeply fragile yet undeniably courageous’ pop music. Inspired by their Celtic roots as well as artists like Joanna Newsom, Sigur Ros, James Blake, Agnes Obel and Aurora, IRTH seeks to bring an unprecedented vulnerability and lyrical honesty to their work, which often explores the uncontrollable chaos of authentic human relationship.
With their first three singles now released by California label GYPSYPOP Records, IRTH have already begun creating a stir, performing a handful of secret shows to local audiences as well as appearing at festivals such as Arts Wells, Campbell Bay Music Festival and the Robson Valley Music Festival. With more song releases and live shows to come in 2019, including a tour in England, the duo is gearing up for an even bigger and bolder year ahead.