4 October 2022
By now, Thallo is a household name in the music scene in Wales and beyond and going from strength to strength. Her EP and first singles from 2021 such as Mêl, Pressed and Preserved, and The Water, and Carry Me in 2022, have received a great response.
She has also gained support from Sian Eleri (Radio 1) and Huw Stephens (BBC 6 Music and Radio Wales) as well as recording a session at Maida Vale and received glowing press coverage in Wonderland, Noctis, God is in the TV Zine, When the Horn Blows and many other blogs both in the UK and the US. Amid all this, she has performed at The Great Escape and secured a place at the SXSW festival in 2023.
And now, a video for the song Pluo from the new EP, Crescent, has been released on the S4C Lŵp platform. And its certainly worth a watch.
The video is inspired by psychological horror films and was shot in a popular ghost-hunting spot at Bron y Garth Hospital, a former 1800s workhouse and abandoned hospital, frozen in time.
"The setting perfectly mirrors Pluo's lyrics of feeling stuck and deteriorating." Thallo said. A feeling she is very familiar with.
In 2020, Thallo, or Elin Edwards who is originally from Gwynedd and now lives in London, suffered from chronic pain which affected her mobility following a sudden illness. Pluo touches on the peculiar pain of watching the world return to normal after the lockdown while she herself was trapped in what she describes as "my own personal lockdown."
And the video certainly reflects these feelings:
"I felt so stuck, unable to return to my normal life. But most of all, the song is a cry of fear for the loneliness and hopelessness of being left behind whilst everyone else moves forward."
The video, directed by Aled Wyn Jones and Andy Pritchard, sees Thallo waking up to find herself in a blood-filled bath on the decaying hospital floor. And what ensues is a struggle to escape the derelict building peppered with eerie imagery and horrifying flashbacks that lead to a sinister realization at the end.
Watch Pluo by Thallo on Lŵp S4C's YouTube.