Cat Power, Feist, Sharon Van Etten, and Bat for Lashes are just a few of the trailblazing artists Sarah Walk has drawn comparisons to. The rising Minneapolis singer-songwriter-pianist deals in songs that are as confessional as they are gut-wrenching and swathed in emotion, and her One Little Indian Records full-length debut album 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."
The message of forlorn piano ballad and latest single "Still Frames" 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 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.