Every pop era has its defining female pianist: Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple. For 2016, it’s 25-year-old Sarah Walk, a major new talent armed with a cannon of songs that carry a tremendous emotional clout.
Keep On Dreaming is a song about trying to get over the girl who broke her heart. “I think the strength of Keep on Dreaming lies in its ambiguity,” thinks Sarah. “I love the movement and spatial element of the song – it’s a progression toward something. It’s about leaving something or someone behind and arriving somewhere new with regained perspective.”
Signed to One Little Indian in 2014, Sarah’s music is about big songs and even bigger melodies – the perfect foil to intimate lyrics exploring the eternal themes of heartbreak and loss, delivered in her distinct androgynous voice, reminiscent of Leslie Feist, k.d. lang or Joni Mitchell.
Sarah has been on the road during May supporting Laura Mvula and at Dot-to-Dot Festival, showcasing her songs to the public for the very first time. Those audiences will have had the privilege of hearing the incendiary interplay between Sarah and her band – a key part of her creative process – that breathes life into her storming crescendos and tender devotionals.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music, 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 (Rumer’s Seasons of My Soul, 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. That’s probably the artist in me”, notes Sarah. “…But I like waking up and not knowing what the weather will be…”