Rising artist Tina Boonstra prepares to release her remarkable debut album CIRCLE BACK, START AGAIN., out on 28th April 2023.
At its heart, this album is a collection of stories. It’s varied protagonists - retired nurses, post-WW1 teenagers, teachers, first-century disciples - tell stories of sisterhood, infidelity, doubt, baby-loss and love. Inspired by family legends, conversations with friends and encounters with strangers, CIRCLE BACK, START AGAIN. tenderly asks; what do we do when life doesn't go the way we expect?
From the gentle strains of devotion evoked in ‘Why do good times fly?’, to the earthy vibrancy in ‘No time to wait’, this album oozes with a sense of both compassion and reassurance throughout. It tells the stories of women from all walks of life rebuilding from the ruin and forging new paths when life hasn’t gone to plan. Combining eclectic elements of indie-pop, folk and alt-country, Tina’s intimate lyricism is able to soar. Bittersweet moments are complimented by gently slowing synths in order to create a sound that feels invigorating yet vulnerable. It’s an album of contrasts; at points joyful and quirky and at other times, heart-wrenchingly sad.
Growing up on the outskirts of Liverpool, Tina’s love-story with music began in the heart of the church, later cutting her teeth as a performer at open mics in London. Since then, Tina has honed her craft into a treasure trove of songs that are bold, compelling and refreshing. Tina has been featured on Spotify's Mellow Pop and Easy Indie & Alternative playlists, as well as receiving support from BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, BBC Intro London, Get In Her Ears and Nialler9 to name a few.
With this album, Tina hopes to continue to captivate listeners with her intricately woven stories of love, fear and identity, reminding us to embrace emotional turbulence and continue to grow regardless of what life may throw at us.
Last year Tina released MARTHA the first single from the album and followed it up in January with CALL ME THOMAS. Two more singles followed, IF I COULD and WHY DO GOOD TIMES FLY?. The album CIRCLE BACK START AGAIN. is out on April 28th 2023.