“True Love is about showing someone who feels undeserving of happiness just how deserving they are, and trying to inspire wonder in them again” explains Londoner Wildes, which is the moniker of Anglo-Irish songwriter Ella Walker who continues “We all have a true love, no matter our gender, sexuality, or race, but sometimes we need to be reminded to cross those boundaries we set for ourselves, fall in love and claim our happiness again.
Wildes is planning to release her first record later in the fall, that give attention to the imperfect beauty in the world around us. It’s partly warts-and-all, but it’s also a celebration of our innate condition. Neatly put by herself “These songs are a study on relationships – of my own, of my friends and loved ones. The emotional turmoil that goes hand in hand with any investment of the heart; the addiction, the fear, but also the lessons we learn and the love we receive along the way. Through writing, I ended up examining my own feelings, my irrationality and my friendships”
A chunk of the songs on her record will include Wildes’ collaborative experiences with award-winning producer Catherine Marks, whose production discography includes cuts with Foals, Wolf Alice, Manchester Orchestra and The Killers to name but a few. Wildes explains the two’s alignment as “We were listening to a lot of music from the ’60s and 70’s – groups like Jefferson Airplane, The Supremes, Buffalo Springfield, solo artists including Dusty Springfield, Bowie and the more psych-pop influences of Harumi, Donovan and Tame Impala. Creating soundscapes that referenced elements of this music were our goal, which combined with my slightly more pop/folk writing was tricky at times but certainly very rewarding”.
Walker first started releasing music when she was just 19 after BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart discovered her at an open mic night. Her first song out, titled Bare, amassed 10 million streams online, shooting to #6 in the Spotify Global Viral chart and won the co-sign of Danger Mouse (Broken Bells) who signed her to his Figure 8 imprint for publishing. Now, aged just 22 she’s finished her first record penciled for the fall of 2019. Mark this artist as not only a One To Watch, but also as one that is very special.