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WILDES Releases New Single “Lay Upon Me” Taken From New EP “Subsidence” out 15th March via Apollo

February 16, 2024
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WILDES Releases New Single “Lay Upon Me”

New EP “Subsidence” out 15th March via Apollo

London singer-songwriter WILDES has shared her new single and ‘manifesto for love’ – “Lay Upon Me”. The bewitching new track is lifted from WILDES’ new EP ‘Subsidence’, out 15th March via Apollo. WILDES is the recording project of London based Anglo-Irish musician and producer Ella Walker, who released her debut album ‘Other Words Fail Me’ (featuring her collaboration with The Flaming Lips “True Love“) in January 2023 to a wave of critical acclaim.

New EP ‘Subsidence’ finds Walker going back to her roots, self-producing and recording the entire project from her flat in Dalston, recruiting frequent collaborator Matt Wiggins (Adele, Florence and the Machine) to mix the EP. “The EP centres around the abrupt end of a loving relationship that left me quite devastated and shocked,” WILDES explains.

New single “Lay Upon Me” is captivating in its sparsity. Guided by soft piano chords and pillowy percussion, Ella Walker’s magisterial voice and her intensely personal rumination on the minimum demands of love [“Lay upon me this honesty, you see I call it love / Maybe you’ve done it differently but I still need to trust”] are elegantly delivered amidst warped string sections as the song swells to its close.

Speaking more on the release of “Lay Upon Me”, WILDES said:

“Lay Upon Me is a manifesto for love, laying down my wants and needs. While there is underlying fear and delicacy, and almost a disclaimer that I need to be handled gently, it’s a hopeful and romantic declaration that I am proud to make.”

WILDES takes their audience on this emotional journey with “Lay Upon Me”. Few, stirring piano notes shift in the fragile atmosphere, resonating the depth of this volatile composition whilst the focus heads to the sublime vocal range from WILDES. Exploring this emotive ensemble, the vocal harmonies reach such striking tones through softer passages and high-reaching notes. Through the dynamic range that explodes throughout the tender voyage, WILDES laces the vision with a bright burst of affection, the listener connects to that compassionate complexity and allows this track to transport them. The searing and sincere lyrics launch such intimacy to the vision, and by capturing the fragility through the vocal melodies and gripping landscape, ultimately WILDES showcases such a fearless character.

Previously noting PJ Harvey and Patti Smith as core influences on her project – WILDES’ self-produced new 4 track EP ‘Subsidence’ showcases an alluring sonic evolution. From the swirling multi-layered harmonies on “I Was New”, to the cavernous “Flow Through”, WILDES’ grasp of tension and release and her eloquent portrayal of romantic trauma is stunningly depicted on lead single “heartbreak is silent” [“Heartbreak is quiet for me / Not the crying in the rain it’s intended to be / Heartbreak is silent for me / Not the burning claret rage of a lover on their knees”].

WILDES‘ 2023 debut album ‘Other Words Fail Me’ was more than a documentation of her artistry: it was a testimony of hard-won survival. Scraping together the shards of a world shattered, bloodied fingers and teeth gritted from catching herself on the sharp edges of realities she spent four years trying to ignore, at last, she has built herself an entirely new reflection. After a long period of false dependency ending with her leaving a controlling and abusive relationship, ‘Other Words Fail Me’ marked a new dawn for Ella Walker.

Since the release of her debut single “Bare”, WILDES has tenaciously carved out a path that has seen her release 2 EPs; ‘Let You Go’ and ‘Illuminate’ and 2023’s debut album ‘Other Words Fail Me’ – with over 60 million accumulative streams to date; firm radio support across BBC Radio 1, 2, and 6 Music, as well as Radio XKCRW, and European stations 3FM, Flux and Radio Eins.

The success of WILDES grabbed the attention of Danger Mouse who became her publisher, and led to over 20 notable syncs on US TV shows like Suits, Scream and The Royals. On top of UK tours and supports with Isaac Gracie, Julia Jacklin, Hamilton Leithauser and Mr Jukes, WILDES’ music has received widespread press support from outlets including NPRUncut, Evening Standard, NME, Consequence, The Line Of Best Fit, Metro, Stereogum, Notion, Clash Magazine, DIY Magazine and more.

WILDES will release new EP ‘Subsidence’ on 15th March via Apollo. New single “Lay Upon Me” is out now. WILDES celebrates the release of the ‘Subsidence’ EP with three intimate headline shows in Bristol, Leeds and London in March.

LIVE DATES 2024 (tickets)

17th March – Bristol, The Louisiana
22nd March – London, St Pancras Old Church
29th March – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club

‘Subsidence’ EP track list

1. I Was New
2. heartbreak is silent
3. Lay Upon Me
4. Flow Through



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