LISTEN: heka – ‘(a) wall’

An affecting experimental folk track that explores the subtle, slow-burning power of anger, Italian-born, London-based multi-disciplinary artist heka has shared her latest single ‘(a) wall’. Released via Balloon Machine Records and taken from her upcoming EP (a), the track is an atmospheric, jazz infused offering that radiates with a calm, melancholic energy, immersing listeners into “a noir backdrop of retro sci-fi gloom.”

“I guess the song is an ode to anger,” heka aka Francesca Brierley explains. “Not in an absolute sense, but as the cathartic alternative to the numb powerlessness that can take over and swallow every other emotion when we find ourselves in a painful or shocking situation. ‘Hate’ in this sense is seen as a way to eventually move past the grief, especially in the face of someone else’s lack of action, or evasiveness, which can be overwhelmingly paralysing.”

With the help of co-producer Ed Tullet (Novo Amor, Hailaker) and trumpet player Jemima Coulter (Hailaker), heka overcomes this emotional apathy via her tentative vocals, lo-fi beats and the clear, cutting notes of Coulter’s trumpet. heka’s upcoming EP (a), which is set for release on 17th May, is a collection of soundscapes that soothe and scald the ears in equal measure, and ‘(a) wall’ is the first hint of what we can expect from this evocative, experimental artist.

Listen to ‘(a) wall’ below.

 

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut