June 03, 2019

Thelma Plum has announced her debut album Better In Blak, will be released on Friday, July 12th and features notable collaborations with Paul Kelly and Gang of Youths’ Dave Le’Aupepe. It’s huge! And is available for pre-order HERE.

The announcement comes with the premiere of her new music video for the album’s powerfully candid and catchy title track in which Plum celebrates her unwavering dedication to her identity, heritage and family.

Better in Blak


“I wrote ‘Better in Blak’ about my experiences with people trying to take the colour from the conversation. My colour is an important part of who I am, and over the last couple of years I’ve had people try and tell me ‘it’s not about colour’ when obviously to me it is.”

The boldly stylized music video was directed by long-time collaborator, Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore and is a heartening reclamation of gender and identity. Plum delivers a captivating to-camera performance surrounded by her two sisters and other indigenous women she admires. It was a special moment for Thelma, as it was the first time she and all of her sisters have been in the same room at the same time.

“This video reunited me with my sisters. It’s the first time we’ve all been together in the one room – I’ll never forget how special that felt”.

Some two years in the making, recorded across New York, London and Sydney with frequent collaborator, producer Alex Burnett (Anthony & Cleopatra, Sparkadia), Better In Blak is 12 tracks of Thelma at her best; ranging from brutally honest and sometimes bleak self-reflection to laugh-out-loud self-effacing jibes, it’s an inside look at the Gamilaraay musician’s experiences as a modern Indigenous Australian woman.

“This album reflects some pretty dark times in my life but these songs kind of helped pull me out of it, it’s cathartic in a weird way. I’m excited for people to hear these songs but some of them come from grim places, so it’s a bit daunting having them see the light of day. There’s some funny stuff on there, too, it’s not all doom and gloom!”

Thelma Plum's debut full-length album Better In Blak is packed with synth bops (“Woke Blokes”), pop steppers (“Not Angry Anymore”) and some beautifully minimal moments. A cast of notable collaborators - Paul Kelly, David Le’aupepe from Sydney group Gang Of Youths, and officially solidifying Thelma Plum as a force to be reckoned with, Sir Paul McCartney-penned guitar parts on “Made For You” - create a broad sonic palate that is a shot in the arm for Australian music from one of the countries brightest songwriting talents.