London singer-songwriter Holly Walker pairs sharp lyrics with soulful vocals for timely, off-kilter pop.
Having written and sung favourites Steal and Midas from Maribou State’s debut album (attracting 6 Music A-list plus Lauren Laverne and Radio 1 Maida Vale live sessions); as well as latest single Nervous Tics from their second LP Kingdoms in Colour (again A-listed) on which NME said she ‘shines’, Walker has been writing and touring live with the group for the last few years. Appearances with the band include Glastonbury, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Sonar, a sold-out London Roundhouse and their forthcoming show at Brixton Academy.
Meanwhile Walker has been quietly amassing solo material: a groove-led collection of songs detailing ‘casual romance for the bored and selfish’, ‘internet rage’, or on first cut Straight Line, ‘that wet-yourself sensation that time’s running out and you haven’t won the game yet’.
With ‘wry, light-footed’ lyrics (The Times), ‘sultry and intoxicating’ vocals (The Guardian) and a background in classical piano; Walker found her angle when she introduced a live rhythm section to the electronic productions she’d been working on with collaborators including North Downs (Dama Dama) and Royce Wood Junior (37 Adventures). Debut single Straight Line drops 16th November on Dama Dama.