Meg Myers
TZIA


3.3
great

Review

by Trey STAFF
March 22nd, 2023 | 105 replies


Release Date: 03/24/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I just want to be alone today and do whatever the fuck I feel like.

Let’s get this out of the way right now. You don’t go from a cute little fashion model making quirky indie pop to a mainstream media darling to an independent artist with a snow-white mohawk emerging from a crystal cocoon without some bad shit happening along the way. Throughout the press release (and TZIA itself) this transformation is discussed repeatedly through tales of empowerment, forgiveness, anger, self-doubt, and re-birth. If TZIA is any indication, though, this transition from indie-pop fashion model to self-proclaimed ethereal 5-D rock goddess was not a smooth one. TZIA is a hectic collection of ideas and sounds that lurches from one element to the next with only the slightest hint of focus. It’s an eccentric collection of alternative, indie, pop, and electronic over which Meg Myers approaches each song with an unfettered enthusiasm and ‘anything goes’ attitude. For fans of radio-friendly pop, and even of Meg Myers’ previous releases, TZIA will be rough at first as the many sounds, styles, themes and emotions often hit jarringly — but there is enjoyment to be found throughout TZIA for those willing to stick with it.

For better or worse, TZIA is the sound of a free Meg Myers performing however she wants over whatever she wants about whatever she wants without fear or interference. Basically, TZIA is an album of dichotomies both musically and lyrically. She’s abrasive in her vulnerability, she’s quirky and off-kilter yet completely serious about the subject matter, she’s angry yet optimistic, and while she doesn’t seem to trust people, she does want to help them. Musically, most the songs never allow any significant level of comfort and they’re rarely predictable. Instead, they engage in a lurching start/stop style with abrasive electronics, pop melodies, random sounds and tempo shifts, and an alternative rock undercurrent. Even at its poppiest, the music rarely settles down long enough to ever catch a groove; and neither does Meg Myers. Meg delivers a schizophrenic array of vocal techniques, from a compressed higher pitched delivery, to jarring blink-and-you-miss-them shouts, to an awkward deeper style, and even a warbling style that almost sounds like a half-hearted yodel (in addition to her more traditional vocal styles).

All these elements are used to expound upon her four-year journey of, “healing, existential awakening, transformation, and rebirth,” and it clearly wasn’t a smooth process. Instead of the easily consumable themes found on her previous releases, she hits upon some of the major events leading up to her life-change in a very blunt and direct manner without grace or nuance. The electronic rock of “Ovaries Speak” hits upon her being expected to diminish herself for her relationships, “His kiss was poor, but I felt forced to calm him down, never mind me, just calm down, I’m making myself weak, I must confess I felt it coming, the smell of sex, just give a little to help him out, don’t mind me.” Elsewhere, she hits on the state of our society singing, “Abusing our freewill, ruling with prejudice beliefs, peaceful protests, instigated rioting, this system must evolve for god’s sake…and there will be no violence or fear of the police, No one will be silenced, a new society.” Fitting in perfectly with her theme, she also covers Linkin Park’s “Numb”. Instead of the energy of the original, Meg’s version is super chill using deep breaths and exhaled sighs to augment the electronic beat (seriously), and just as it sounds like it might pick up it simply ends abruptly.

I asked my wife to take a listen to this since she’s the actual pop connoisseur (and a fan of Meg Myers’ first two releases) just to see what a casual fan might think. Her issue with TZIA is that it wasn’t ‘smooth’. The music doesn’t grab you like it ‘should’ because it can’t seem to pick a direction, often dropping a myriad of sounds and styles virtually ensuring you can never fully zone out to the beat, and Meg’s new penchant for awkward vocal experimentation makes it tough to easily feel the hook. While this is all true, and it often feels like she might just be throwing ideas at the wall to see what sticks, fortunately most of it does. She hits everything from lo-fi ballads backed almost entirely by stringed instruments to straight-forward guitar-driven indie rock. In between, Meg Myers delivers a collection of visceral pop where she keeps the listener on edge with her lyrics as well as the varied vocal styles she fits into each song… and her more abrasive eccentricities do seem to temper themselves for the final third of the album.

TZIA is a mess. It’s a hodgepodge of ideas, sounds, and styles that seems to lack much cohesion, even within individual tracks. It’s the chaotic soundtrack of someone in the middle of finding themselves, left alone to document that experience however they see fit. In hindsight, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that someone doesn’t simply go from a quirky indie pop artist to a mainstream icon to an independent ethereal 5-D rock goddess gracefully – and this is the auditory story of that transition. TZIA is an eclectic collection of ideas and sounds, seeming to move from one element to the next with only the slightest indications of an actual plan. It’s an eccentric collection of alternative, indie, pop, and electronic over which Meg Myers approaches each song with an unfettered enthusiasm and ‘anything goes’ attitude. Like standing next to a dumpster fire of potpourri, incense, and hallucinogens; listening to TZIA is going to be an experience that isn’t 100% pleasant, and things are definitely bound to get a little strange, but if you stick with it, you may just find yourself enjoying the experience.



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Willie
Moderator
March 22nd 2023


20217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

Just in case you didn't know (because I didn't know): 5D is living a life filled with so much love, abundance and gratitude. Once you experience this as your own reality, you will have no desire to go back to the 3D. You respectfully let go of what was with love and dignity regardless. You forgive, let go and welcome the new.



https://wikiexpert.com/articles/2722/1359/what-is-5d-consciousness

PotsyTater
March 22nd 2023


10100 Comments


I’ll be happy if there are even one or two more songs as decent as My Mirror. Truly hated the rest of the singles. Also really hate this bullshit woo-energy PLuR tip Meg has been on for this album. 5-D consciousness? Ah yes, the classic “I did DMT once” phase. She used to be really funny and charming and now she just takes herself way too seriously and her social media presence has become insanely cringey to me.

Willie
Moderator
March 22nd 2023


20217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

The lyrics are dominated by her new transformation. If you can't get past that, I don't know if you can even get to the new music. "My Mirror" is the most straight-ahead rock song on the album. Similar songs: Ovaries Speak and Waste of Confetti -- but neither of them are as instant and linear as My Mirror.

Pikazilla
March 22nd 2023


30493 Comments


this is shite

Willie
Moderator
March 22nd 2023


20217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

A lot of people will probably not like this. From the constant new age / ethereal transformation lyrics to the more raw and unfettered musical direction, to all the different vocal styles she uses... there's a lot to frustrate fans. My wife doesn't like it at all. I've liked all her previous stuff and found enough in this to enjoy on the first few listens. That combined with repeated exposure since I was writing about it, and it kind of grew on me.

PotsyTater
March 22nd 2023


10100 Comments


Yeaaa I never looked to Meg to be edgy and unpredictable, My Mirror sounds like her old stuff and that’s why I like it. The nu-metal inspired singles have been particularly unbearable to me. Idk I know she’s pushing this as a spiritual awakening type process but what it’s really serving to me is manic and unhinged. Living on the west coast for the last decade+ I’ve met a looooot of people like this, and went through this phase myself, and my major take-away coming out the other side is that people seem to use psychedelic drug culture, pseudo-science spirituality, and avoidant positivity as a form of escapism from the reality of their problems, which often boil down to simply just being emotionally immature and wanting to rationalize their flaws rather than face them. I’m not gonna pretend I’ve like, gone in deep on the lyrics of this album or anything, but I have listened to a lot of her instagram rants and they reek of exactly this imo. It’s a big turn off for me.

Willie
Moderator
March 22nd 2023


20217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

I don't think you're too far off the mark (you may be 100% on the mark, really). That description (psychedelic drug culture, pseudo-science spirituality, and avoidant positivity as a form of escapism from the reality of their problems) seems to be a good alternate definition for the 5-D mindset she's pushing throughout the album.

PotsyTater
March 22nd 2023


10100 Comments


I just think it’s a really important life milestone for people to realize that they aren’t special at all lmao. This 5D philosophy shit is the complete opposite of that. But hey idk maybe its also an important and necessary life milestone in forming a sense of identity and being able to cringe about it in retrospect for the rest of your life.. I know I sure do! It’s just odd to me that she’s going through this phase in her 30’s. Everyone’s journey is different I guess.

budgie
March 22nd 2023


36916 Comments


hi willie

does the vinyl deluxe edition come with personalized energy crystals

Willie
Moderator
March 22nd 2023


20217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

It's like addicts becoming addicted to god. Everyone needs something in their life to keep them moving forward when recovering from bad shit, I guess.



@Budgie: I don't know if they're personalized. Energy crystals are for everyone.

PotsyTater
March 22nd 2023


10100 Comments


That is accurate 👌

AlexKzillion
March 22nd 2023


17571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"It’s just odd to me that she’s going through this phase in her 30’s"



she is 36 wtf... that's like a solid 8 years older than i thought omg

Willie
Moderator
March 22nd 2023


20217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

That's older than I thought. She dropped her first album at twenty eight years old. She moved to L.A. by herself at twenty years old to try to make it in music. I'm sure in the eight years between getting there and releasing her debut, she has enough stories to fill three albums, and 100 reasons why she decided to go this 5-D route to save herself.

budgie
March 22nd 2023


36916 Comments


the debut LP was so good too

Willie
Moderator
March 22nd 2023


20217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

I liked her second album, too. I'm still not sure why that one got so much backlash.

budgie
March 22nd 2023


36916 Comments


i remember listening to it once and being bored with it

i also remember loving her kate bush cover though, full album of her doing that style would be an easy 4.0

Willie
Moderator
March 22nd 2023


20217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

It wasn't as edgy or whatever as the debut or the two initial EPs, but it was still good. I never heard the Kate Bush cover. I'll have to give it a listen.

Pheromone
March 22nd 2023


21493 Comments


is budgie here yet

PotsyTater
March 22nd 2023


10100 Comments


I think the second album was over-hated too, numb was pretty much as good as anything off the debut and the music video was good

Willie
Moderator
March 23rd 2023


20217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3 | Sound Off

Numb is a great song (although there’s going to be some confusion now that she has covered Linkin Park’s “Numb” too). I’m partial to “Tourniquet” and “Little Black Death” too.



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