EP: Tina Boonstra – ‘City Of Doubt’

London-based singer-songwriter Tina Boonstra has just released her latest EP City of Doubt, featuring six powerful alt-pop songs. As a songwriter from a missionary family, Tina has honed her craft, bringing her songs to a wider audience, offering depth and emotional intensity; all of which can be heard in this new EP.

EP opener ‘Out of My Depth’ is a rage against the universe, with a stop-start rhythm, and a contrasting chorus. Similarly, title track ‘City of Doubt’ expresses the alienation of the daily grind using an industrial synth sound, but this time there is light and a feeling of rising above (“we’ll make it through’’).

The slower songs on the EP provide a balance, offering the listener a chance to reflect. ‘What is the Rush?’ reassures us that “this life is not a straight line… Beauty you’ll find as you go.” The lyrically beautiful ‘I Love you like Sunshine in Bangor’ has a dreamlike, cinematic quality, offering a “love that is honest in every way” as the sound of the organ drifts into the distance. ‘More Than Your Head’ and ‘Talk it Over’ are infectious, upbeat sing-alongs, which explore the power of community and authentic friendship. 

Overall, the themes of the EP come full-circle, from starting alone and in doubt, and finishing with being a part of a supportive community. It has a positive message, and we all need that, now more than ever. A collection of songs that will leave you seeking out more.

City Of Doubt is out now.

Fi Ni Aicead

LISTEN: Tina Boonstra – ‘Out Of My Depth’

Tina Boonstra is the pop-rock star we’ve been needing since the end of the noughties. Her new track, ’Out Of My Depth’, is one to keep you on your toes, as she reflects on trying to keep it together.

Punchy bass and percussion set the scene, keeping it simple and sweet, yet with an added grit. The first chorus is artistically contrasting as the instruments continue to support Boonstra minimally, whilst she sings “I’m out of my depth…”

As the song progresses, you gradually go deeper and deeper into Boonstra’s emotions, as the instrumentals backing her up become more and more complex. Soft harmonies tie you in, and bold guitar chords take you under. And, just when you think she’s coming up for air, another wave hits you with the final chorus.

Needless to say, if I ever need to let off some steam, Tina Boonstra is the girl I’m turning to… And with her next show coming up in April, you will most likely see me there.


‘Out Of My Depth’ is out now. Catch Tina Boonstra live on the following dates:

20th March – Green Note, London (supporting Alessi’s Ark)
29th April – The Shacklewell Arms, London (supporting Annabel Allum)

Robyn Emerson

WATCH: Tina Boonstra – ‘I Think I See You Now’

Monochrome visuals and meaningful lyrics unite on Tina Boonstra‘s new video for her single ‘I Think I See You Now’. Directed and shot by David Pardoe, the track is taken from her debut EP My Concrete Heart (Will Beat Again), which was released earlier this year via 7Core Music.

Introspective, understated and honest; Tina’s vocal delivery compliments the delicately shot footage that accompanies the song. Inspired by the likes of Wolf Alice and Arcade Fire, the London-based artist writes in a vulnerable, yet determined vein. Tina’s musical style may have been intended for the halls of churches (she was raised in a Christian missionary family), but it’s clear her sound was meant to echo further.

She’ll be playing a headline gig at The Hope and Anchor on October 25th with a full band, so head down to the show to experience her sound in its full glory. Watch the video for ‘I Think I See You Now’ below, and follow Tina Boonstra on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington

EP: Tina Boonstra – ‘My Concrete Heart (Will Beat Again)’

Inspired by the likes of Wolf Alice and Arcade Fire, London-based artist Tina Boonstra writes in a vulnerable yet determined vein. Her debut EP My Concrete Heart (Will Beat Again), released on 2nd February via 7Core Music, is a collection of moving, honest songs that will school listeners in empathy and introspection.

The understated ‘Prodigal’ opens the record, quietly showcasing Tina’s measured but powerful vocals. It leads into the soothing ‘I Think I See You Now’ which plays out “as steady as my heart beats / as certain as the sunrise.” Tina’s musical style may have been intended for the halls of churches (she was raised in a Christian missionary family), but it’s clear from these tracks that her sound was meant to echo further.

It’s easy to surrender “skin and bone” to the sound of ‘Occupy Me’ as it gently builds into another three minutes of hymn-like escapism. Following track ‘Concrete Heart’ is a complete change of pace, with pounding drums, heavier guitar riffs and a melodic chorus that breaks through like the “perfect love” Tina sings of. It feels like an aural emotional release, ringing with the relief you experience when you find someone worth opening up to again.

‘Only A Human’ changes the EP’s direction once more, as Tina explores the isolation of another character: a teenage boy with a suicide bomb strapped to his chest. It’s an unexpected turn and a thought provoking exploration of empathy, culminating in the honest lyric “you’re not to blame now / you’re only a human.” The gentle ‘Castle’ closes the record. It’s a carefully curated piano-led ode to a fortress of love and support and a calm ending to this soft but tempestuous debut.

Speaking of her EP, Tina admits: “I wanted to sing about faith and doubt and the very real struggle to feel anything apart from completely numb.” We’re sure listening to My Concrete Heart (Will Beat Again) will make others feel more again too.

Listen to Tina’s EP on Spotify here, and follow her on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington