Review of Shoestring by Wall
Wall is a South London singer/songwriter who has been receiving critical acclaim for her music. The likes of NME, Q Magazine and Pitchfork have been waxing lyrical about Wall. Her debut single ‘Magazine’ was launched at the end of last summer and underpinned her status as a critics favourite. The big news is that Wall will be following up ‘Magazine’ with the launch of her ‘Shoestring’ EP on 1st April.
Now as you all know, we don’t always listen to what the so-called experts say, preferring to make up our own minds. So is ‘Shoestring’ going to live up to the praise or is it just noise?
The first thing that strikes you on opening ‘Shoestring’ is the different approach given to the vocals. Yes the music plays to a synth-pop background, favouring production to acoustic music. Synth-pop is definitely flavour of the month at the moment but the approach from Wall is distinctly different. Her vocals could be described as hushed and the sonics are muffled. While I write this, I wonder how the words may be read. The review doesn’t do the song justice.
The drums and guitars whilst sounding secondary provide the perfect back drop to enable the vocals to shine through. The sonics partner with the vocals to provide a reassuringly sincere production that provides genuine connections to the listener.
The way the production is put together you can not only feel the emotion in the voice, but you can also hear the intricacies of the delivery from Wall. Its almost like you can hear her lips parting and the sounds moving from her vocal chords.
‘Shoestring’ is expertly put together, showing Wall can create a great production. Her vocals are spellbinding and the sonics are first class. For once, the widespread critical acclaim is well placed. Wall has a great talent that has been harnessed well but could do with even deeper promotion to make the most of publicity she is receiving.
Take a listen, you won’t be disappointed.
Wall has also announced dates for her forthcoming live shows
Date City Venue
7th Feb London Hoxton Hall – SOLD OUT
25th Feb Berlin Comet *
26th Feb Munich Atomic Café *
28th Feb Milan Tunnel *
1st Mar Zurich Rote *
2nd Mar Strasbourg La Laiterie Club *
4th Mar Lyon Epicerie Moderne *
5th Mar Paris Tradbendo *
8th Mar Los Angeles Bootleg Theatre
11th Mar Los Angeles The Echo
14th Mar Austin, SXSW Latitude 30
15th Mar Austin, SXSW Urban Outfitters Day Party
20th Mar New York City Rockwood Music Hall
11th April London Bush Hall
17th May Komedia Brighton, The Great Escape