LA NEWCOMER WALLICE REFLECTS ON THE PRESSURE
TO COME OF AGE WITH LATEST TRACK ‘23’
West Coast indie pop meets Gen Z existential dread in the second output from newcomer Wallice. In a world of highlight reels, hustle culture, and collective burnout, the LA singer-songwriter’s new single ‘23‘ emerges as a tongue-in-cheek contemplation on the urgency to come of age. ’23’ follows Wallice’s debut track ‘Punching Bag,’ an instantly relatable lo-fi anthem on unrequited friendship.
The track gained immediate support from the likes of Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 and Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music and top placement on Spotify’s ‘Lorem’ playlist, with the Sunday Times Culture calling it “An organ-drenched, lo-fi indie-pop delight.”
With new single “23″ Wallice embraces the most personal thoughts we say to ourselves and then communicates this with tied up into the perfect pop hit. Embracing intimate realizations captured in this flawless lyrical journey and expressive piece. Wallice delves into abrasive surges whilst focusing on the mesmerizing melody produced. ‘23′ is truthful, addictive, raw, and captures the challenging melancholy life throws at you. Simultaneously looking for hope and promise from the future, the fact this is the artist has captured all of this in just 2 minutes 48 seconds is such an impressive feat.
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Through a series of witty, self-effacing refrains, ‘23’ sees Wallice lament her life’s choices. She’s trapped somewhere between a premature nostalgic mourning for her youth – “tell me what is wrong with me, I miss my Ohio fake ID” – and delusions that turning a year older will bring her stability – “Maybe I’ll get married soon, and buy a house with three bedrooms, and settle down, and get a dog, and make my partner get a job.” The track comes accompanied by a video which perfectly illustrates these frustrations, directed by Taylor Fitzgerald.
Wallice shares; “It’s hard not to compare your own professional success to that of your similarly aged peers. I dropped out of university in New York after studying Jazz Voice for a year, and my dad was VERY disappointed to say the least, so it was hard not to feel like a loser in that sense. When I was younger my best friend and I would always talk about the cute apartment we would get after high school, but I found myself at 22 still living with my mom and wanting to move out but not able to quite yet. The specific age 23 doesn’t have any milestones associated with it, but it’s more the idea of just looking forward to the future. Much like how people ‘reset’ every new year, it’s comparable to be ‘older and wiser’ with each birthday, but instead of constantly looking to the future, it is important to be happy with where you are. “
22-year-old Wallice began writing songs in middle school, contemplating secret crushes over instruments she learned to play in the school band, and armed with her trusty ipod maxed out by Weezer, Black Eyed Peas, Radiohead and Lana Del Rey. With Adrienne Lenker, Vampire Weekend, Men I Trust and The Drums on her current high-rotation, elements of both her past and present influences distill in Wallice’s sound – which feels sweet and nostalgic with a rowdy edge. Wallice’s distinct and emotive voice led her to the New School’s Jazz Vocal Performance program in New York City. After a year, she decided to pack her bags and head back home to California to focus on her own music. Wallice linked back up with producer marinelli (known for his work with spill tab), her childhood friend and longtime collaborator, who helped her develop a clearer direction for her voice and style.
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