Thelma Plum is combining her first two EPs into a brand new double-EP set titled When Rosie Met Monsters. The ten-song collection comprises Plum’s debut EP, Rosie, from 2013 and the follow-up release, Monsters, from 2014.
Rosie and Monsters will be available together for the first time on red, white and pink vinyl, as well as CD and cassette, from Friday, November 25.
Originally released in July 2014, Monsters gave rise to two of Plum’s breakout singles, ‘How Much Does Your Love Cost?’ and ‘Young in Love’. Rosie preceded Plum’s comprehensive breakthrough, but several of its tracks, including the upbeat folk number ‘Around Here’, remain favourites with the artist’s core fanbase.
“I am super excited that my first two EPs, full of songs that started me on this adventure, get to hang out together,” Plum said in a statement.
Along with the double-EP announcement, Plum is gearing up to release a deluxe version of her 2022 EP, Meanjin. The digital-only Meanjin (Deluxe) edition is scheduled for November 25 and will include live versions of all six songs on the EP.
Plum regards Meanjin as a “love letter” to her hometown, the titular Brisbane/Meanjin. The record’s opening song, ‘The Brown Snake’, is a reference to the local nickname for the Brisbane River.
“In strange times, you always tend to look back at warm memories for comfort, and when I was confined to an apartment overlooking the Brown Snake, I found myself writing music about Meanjin, the place I grew up in and have gravitated back to,” Plum said in a statement at the time of the EP’s release.
With the release of When Rosie Met Monsters, Plum's entire back catalogue – including Meanjin and her 2019 ARIA-winning LP Better in Blak – will be available on vinyl from Friday, November 25.
Thelma Plum has recently been performing shows in support of Vance Joy and will close out 2022 with an appearance at First & Forever, a celebration of Blak excellence taking place at Hanging Rock in Victoria on Sunday, November 27. The event lineup, co-curated by Briggs and part of the Victorian Government’s ALWAYS LIVE initiative, also features Baker Boy, King Stingray, Budjerah, Dan Sultan and plenty more.