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Following her ARIA Award-winning, anthem-filled platinum debut I Believe You Liar (2010), and its follow-up – the majestic and sorrow-filled mini-album Insomnia (2011) – comes Megan Washington’s second full-length album. Inspired by the lush new-romantic sounds of the early ‘80s, There There is as infectius as ever – think leather jackets, blood-red lipstick, pastel hair and fluorescent swatches. Lyrically, however, There There also mines new emotional depths and tells the stories of real people in Megan’s life. “In my mind, every single one of these songs has a name in brackets afterwards,” she says. “They know who they are. I certainly do.”
Spanning synth-woven dance shuffles (‘Get Happy’, ‘My Heart is A Wheel’, ‘Limitless’), soaring emotional bruisers (‘Who Are You?’, ‘Yellow and Blue’, ‘Skyline’) and stripped-back piano ballads (‘Begin Again’, ‘To Or Not Let Go’, ‘One For Sorrow’, ‘Valentine’), There There is also a showcase of newfound emotional depth. If I Believe You Liar was the diary of a wide-eyed youth dizzy with romance, There There is the chronicle of a woman discovering the moral complexities of love.
Megan Washington co-wrote There There with Sam Dixon (Sia, Adele) and recorded it over a wet London summer in 2013 at Rak Studio in St. Johns Wood, with Megan on keys, Sam on bass, Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint) on drums and Leo Abraham (Roxy Music) on guitars. “I wrote all the songs I was afraid to write,” Megan says. “I wrote about living with anxiety, bad sex, being unfaithful, how much I loved the person I was unfaithful to, waking up in hospital, the heart-cracking sadness when the party’s over, being reckless and selfish and losing my best friend. For There There, I told the truth, as best I remember.”