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Live Review: Wallace explores new territory with 'Black Lake'

15 September 2017 | 4:27 pm | Max Lewis

NZ born, Sydney based producer Wallace explores new depths with the melancholic 'Black Lake', a dynamic twist of her future-soul formula.


Wallace has dropped another stunning cut from her upcoming EP Pole to Pole due out in mid-October. Off the back of a slew of impressive singles, 'Black Lake' sees the NZ-born, Sydney-based producer teaming up with Eskimo Joe's Joel Quartermain for a melancholic love song overflowing with gorgeous instrumentation and vivid imagery.

'Black Lake' plays with darker and more dynamic themes rather than the peppy future-soul sound found on tracks like previous singles, 'Raffled Roses' and 'Diaspora'. Building up from a simple marimba hook, Wallace's vocals layer in and out, delivering dark wordplay. Soaring strings and powerful live drums fire up below truly gorgeous vocal delivery that sees the jazz-trained singer thriving outside her comfort zone.

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At the core of 'Black Lake' is a tale of intense longing, brought to life through intense lyricism and flawless delivery. After writing the track, Wallace found it had something in common with an unlikely character, saying, "I was re-watching one of my favourite comedies, The Mighty Boosh, and realised with all the water imagery we'd weaved into our story, we'd accidentally written the song from the point of view of Old Gregg." In a homage to this unexpected parallel, Wallace named the track 'Black Lake' after the lake Old Gregg resides in.

'Black Lake' shows Wallace exploring new territories in deep and sometimes surprising ways. She's toured and worked with a myriad of artists in the past, from ThundamentalsKite String TriangleSampa the Great and producer Simon Cohen, and these influences bleed through her work ensuring no two tracks are the same. Her debut EP Pole to Pole is due to drop October 13th, and she's hitting up Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne soon after. Grab tickets for those dates here, and be sure to check out Wallace's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more news!