Sarah Walk today shares a moving single – the gut-wrenching Let Me Try – via GoldFlakePaint. Walk deals in songs that are as confessional as they are swathed in emotion, and her brand new single, taken from her forthcoming debut album, truly illuminates Walk’s distinct androgynous vocal and her unique ability to emote – to express a level of musical maturity rarely found in an artist so young.
Cat Power, Feist, Sharon Van Etten, Bat for Lashes – just a few of the incredible and trailblazing artists the young pianist and singer has been compared to by the media and fans alike. The rising Minneapolis singer-songwriter has yet to even release her debut album and her extraordinary talent has won her praise from Lauren Laverne (BBC6 Music), Line of Best Fit, Wonderland, The Sunday Times, Metro, Clash and a daytime playlist spot on Virgin Radio, with previous singles Still Frames, Keep on Dreaming and Wake Me Up.
Let Me Try sees Walk gracefully describe her frustrations (“You won’t let me try”; “I’m tired of being lonely”) on top of scatterings of twinkling piano, her powerful, soaring vocal and yearning, yet frank lyrics crescendoing into an outpouring of wild and untethered emotion.
In Sarah’s words: “Let Me Try has this balance between something sweet and something painful. The whole song – musically and lyrically – is battling to stay in control, and then the end finally breaks and begs for some kind of validation from the other person. This is definitely one of my favourites to play live, especially when the ending lets go and finally loses that sense of restraint and control.”
Listen to Let Me Try via Soundcloud below:
Signed to One Little Indian, Walk emerged in 2016 with a storm in her fingers and a burning fire in her heart. She writes songs with soaring melodies – the perfect foil to her intimate lyrics exploring the eternal themes of heartbreak and loss.
Having toured with Laura Mvula and appeared at Dot-to-Dot Festival, showcasing her songs to the public for the very first time, 2016 proved a busy year for Sarah Walk. Those audiences will have had the privilege of hearing the incendiary interplay between Sarah and her band. A key part of her creative process, Walk’s live band breathes life into her storming crescendos and tender devotionals, pushing her beautiful songs to greater heights.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music (alumni includes St Vincent among others), Sarah grew up in Minneapolis but has spent much of the last year living between Los Angeles and West London, working on her debut album with Steve Brown (Laura Mvula Sing to the Moon). “I didn’t like that the weather was the same every single day in LA: always sunny and comfortable,” notes Sarah. “That’s probably the artist in me, but I like waking up and not knowing what the weather will be…”
“Walk voices her emotional turmoil perfectly.”
“…deeply moving and bittersweet, with uplifting bouts of melodic brilliance and gorgeous interplay between strings and cathedral-echo piano. It’s lush and oozes a classic charm; it’s timeless.”
Line of Best Fit
“Those who’ve had the privilege of watching her play live alongside her band can testify to Walk’s phenomenal skills on the keys and powerful vocals”
“…haunting and emotive”
“Brooding vocal delivery that recalls Feist”
The Sunday Times (Breaking Act)
“The Minneapolis singer’s songs are big, soaring things that deal in similarly hefty issues (heartbreak, loss, drugs) – but it’s Walk’s fierce yet soulful delivery that lands the decisive blow.”
Red Bull Music
“A visceral, poignant work”
“Blew my mind when I heard it…beautiful and compelling. One to watch.”
Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music