Australian guitar prodigy Tal Wilkenfeld will release her debut vocal album, Love Remains, on March 29 via BMG. The 10-song collection explores love, loss, and life through a poetic blend of Tal’s lyrics, storytelling and masterful musicianship.
The album was primarily recorded at Los Angeles’ East West Studios and co-produced with Paul Stacey (Oasis, The Kooks, Black Crowes). Jackson Browne contributed as Executive Producer and the album features backing from a bevvy of friends and highly respected players including guitarist Blake Mills (Alabama Shakes, Perfume Genius), keyboardists Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) & Zac Rae (Death Cab for Cutie, Lana Del Rey) and drummer Jeremy Stacey (Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher).
As Jackson Browne acknowledged, “I can’t think of another instrumentalist that has ventured into the area that Tal now has, when it comes to writing and singing songs from her own experience.”
Tal’s written a confronting album that alludes to complex and tragic romance. Just listen to the angsty anthem “Killing Me”. With a thick bass line and steady, punching drums that carry on throughout and frame the expressive lyrics, she emphatically proclaims her yearning to be “held but not beholden.“
From “Corner Painter,” her rollicking debut single featuring Benmont Tench on the pump organ, to “Haunted Love,” a soft selection of melodious yet prolific bass and orchestra, to the warm ballad “Under The Sun,” with yearning sounds of a violin, Love Remains showcases Tal’s talents on full display. She achieves a transcendent balance between instrumental prowess and exquisite songcraft.
Tal is a musical marvel; the kind of dynamic young talent whose fresh vision and uncanny intuition puts a whole new perspective on an age-old art form. She has gained significant recognition from performing on the bass with Jeff Beck and her high-profile guest appearances with legends from Mick Jagger and Prince to The Allman Bros and Herbie Hancock. After relocating stateside from her native Sydney, Australia at just 16-years-old, Tal made believers of rock royalty and fans with her uncommon combination of melodic sensibilities and technical aptitude.
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