Cat Power, Feist, Sharon Van Etten, Bat for Lashes – just a few of the incredible and trailblazing artists young pianist and singer Sarah Walk 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 and 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. One Little Indian Records (home to Bjork and Ásgeir) release Sarah Walk’s debut album Little Black Book digitally on 20th October 2017, with the vinyl following in November.
Walk deals in songs that are as confessional as they are gut-wrenching and swathed in emotion, and Little Black Book truly illuminates Walk’s distinct androgynous vocal and her unique ability to emote so strongly – to express a level of musical maturity rarely found in an artist so young.
In her own words; “…this record is really intended to reveal the different layers of the human heart. It captures the stages of a very dynamic process; figuring out what to make of everything you’ve built with someone after it’s gone. It’s a very cathartic process with a lot of different emotions (anger, sadness, guilt, grief, appreciation, learning how to let go…) I’m proud that the record exposes it all and is just as dynamic honest and raw.”
Things stepped up a gear for the pianist and singer when she released a moving and beautifully shot video via Wonderland Magazine for her latest single – forlorn piano ballad Still Frames. The song’s message is one that is incredibly poignant, relatable, and portrayed gracefully underneath the swell of Walk’s warm piano, soaring vocal and yearning, yet frank lyrics.
Elsewhere on the album, previous singles Keep On Dreaming and Wake Me Up show a darker side of Walk’s songwriting. The latter deals with themes of addiction – in more than one sense; building to a tapestry of pulsing bass, huge dramatic drums, and Walk’s signature piano and a vocal performance that is soaked in both bitterness and desperation. The former, Keep On Dreaming reveals a subdued desire for an unknown woman that came to Walk in a dream. Here, her truly unique and haunting androgynous vocal cuts through effortlessly.
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. 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…”