Inspired by jazz, blues, hip-hop and soul, New Zealand-born, Australia-based soul singer Wallace is approaching the release of her debut EP, Pole To Pole (due October 13, with an Australian tour to follow), and is today sharing lead track "Black Lake". Despite the grandiose orchestral touches and some genuinely heartfelt songwriting, the track has somewhat whimsical roots. Still, her description of unrequited love—or, worse still, love that is almost there, but not quite—packs a soulful punch.
Speaking over email, Wallace explained the thinking behind the track: "'Black Lake' attempts to capture the thoughts of someone who is in love and ready to commit to a person who isn't. After finishing the tune, 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. We hadn't landed on a title at this point so I suggested Black Lake, the home of the Baileys-drinking, watercolour-painting man himself."
Listen to "Black Lake" exclusively below.
Friday, October 13 – Sydney – Hudson Ballroom (Florian)
Saturday, October 14 – Brisbane – Black Bear Lodge (Pink Matter)
Friday, October 20 – Adelaide – Rocket Bar (Water Park)
Saturday, October 21 – Melbourne – Yah Yah's (Tiaryn)