The enigmatic and magnetic Sarah Walk's lyrics and poems are distilled drops of heartbreak, masterfully tinged with anger, regret and the obsession of desire. At once aching and artful, her work speaks to every magnitude of love and loss, while also examining identity, sexuality, nostalgia and homesickness. These are pieces that place themselves on the outside, to examine the inside all the more effectively. Walk deals in songs that are as confessional as they are gut-wrenching and swathed in emotion, and Little Black Book truly illuminates Walk’s distinct androgynous vocal and her unique ability to emote so strongly – to express a level of musical maturity rarely found in an artist so young.
Eyewear has acquired rights to publish simultaneously in the UK, Ireland and USA, and the book will be available worldwide from Eyewear’s website and trans-Atlantic distributors.
The book will be published on the 1st of November 2017, to coincide with Sarah’s releases and anticipation of her debut album, also titled Little Black Book, in January 2018. The book will be sold at Sarah’s gigs and is designed to accompany and complement the album, so we predict sales will flourish throughout 2018 as Sarah’s music comes out.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Chicago-born Sarah Walk signed to One Little Indian last year. Her distinct, androgynous voice marries depth and delicacy, complemented perfectly by a unique use of rhythm in her piano playing. Walk goes straight for the heart with swelling songs made up of huge melodies, and is producing her debut album with Steve Brown. She says “this record is really intended to reveal the different layers of the human heart. It captures the stages of a very dynamic process; figuring out what to make of everything you’ve built with someone after it’s gone. It’s a very difficult process with a lot of different emotions (anger, sadness, guilt, grief, appreciation, learning how to let go…) I’m proud that the record exposes it all and is just as dynamic, honest and raw.”
Her work has been compared to that of Cat Power, Feist, Sharon Van Etten and Bat for Lashes, and she’s had attention from Lauren Laverne, Line of Best Fit, The Sunday Times, Metro, Clash and Wonderland, while she’s also had a daytime playlist spot on Virgin Radio.
Metro calls her work “haunting and elusive,” while Red Bull Music says “the Minneapolis singer’s songs are big, soaring things that deal in similar hefty issues (heartbreak, loss, drugs) - but it’s Walk’s fierce yet soulful delivery that lands the decisive blow.” Clash Magazine calls her lyrics “visceral, poignant work,” while BBC6 Music's Lauren Laverne comments that Sarah’s work “blew my mind when I heart it… beautiful and compelling,” calling her “one to watch.”
Director of Eyewear, Todd Swift, says “Sarah Walk is one of the most prominent songwriters of her generation, and we’re thrilled to be publishing her work in a beautiful book that will line up perfectly alongside her album on fans’ shelves. In her poetry, as well as her lyrics, Sarah shows a sensitivity and wry candour that emblazon themselves on her readers’ hearts. We think any music or poetry-lover would enjoy this powerful emotional expression.”
Alexandra Payne, Managing Editor, Eyewear Publishing Ltd.
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