West-London artist Hope Tala continues her streak of singles with the release of her latest song/video “Party Sickness,” an anthemic ode to those who revel in the sublime turmoil of a good party. It’s the kind of song that’d probably be playing at one of the soirées Tala sings about, her vocals radiant amidst the song’s buoyant bass. The spirit of “Party Sickness” is a desire to lose yourself in the moment, but according to Tala the song also calls out to those people who find the urge even more tantalizing than others, the ones who give life to the party itself.
The music video for “Party Sickness,” directed by Loris Russier, sees the song soundtracking a house party evidently hosted by Tala. Of course, it ends up being a long into the night rager — with the video opening on Tala outside on the lawn, waking up to recollect the night’s festivities. The video then takes a long look at the party as Tala indulges in the wonder, drama, dancing, drinks, and the many other accouterments of the bash. All the while “Party Sickness” thumps overhead with Tala’s glowing singing highlighting all the ways she finds herself weak when it comes to the call of a party.
“Party Sickness” follows the release of Tala’s previous single “Tiptoeing,” a biting confessional wrapped in her enigmatic pop-sensibilities. After coming off a tour with Alina Baraz, the London rising star has plans for a headlining date at Village Underground — but here’s to hoping she jumps across the pond to the U.S. sometime soon, (specifically Los Angeles). And with three incredible EPs under her belt, like her debut Starry Ache and the more recent Girl Eats Son, we’ve no doubt Tala’s eventual debut album will be a sea-change for R&B music.
“The concept of ‘Party Sickness’ is all about having fun and being a bit messy,” Tala said of the song. “A big part of my inspiration for the song was an astrology meme that categorised the different elements into their behavioural roles at parties; it said water signs were the best leading actors in a drama (I’m a Scorpio.) I wanted it to be an anthem for people who consider themselves to be the life and soul of the party.”