Big Picnic Records is excited to release WALL’s EP, Shoestring, out today. The minimal, lush 5-song EP is currently streaming in full at The FADER. In conjunction with the release, WALL recently wrapped her first string of US appearances, enchanting audiences with her fragile vocals and soft beats in Los Angeles, New York, and Austin. Making waves at public radio, KCRW recently deemed single, “Shoestring,” “Today’s Top Tune,” and WALL recorded a session for WNYC Soundcheck (listen HERE) while in New York last month.
WALL takes her lead from women with a strong sense of identity, using her unique formula of layered production as an integral part of the writing process. Favoring rudimentary recording equipment over state-of-the-art studios, she captures not only the intended notes but also encourages the ambient sound in the room. From these scratchy beginnings, WALL creates sparse soundscapes, with only muted bass lines and scattered keyboards to frame her voice. While the production creates an intriguing backdrop, it is WALL’s sense of melody and turn of phrase that takes center stage. Subtle nods to classic refrains, mingled with her own inflection, suggest a writer who draws from many different eras. The result is a sound that is both timeless yet modern.
2. Place Too Low
3. Left To Wonder
5. All Alone