Tal Wilkenfeld’s debut vocal album, Love Remains, is released next week, March 15th via BMG. The 10-song collection explores love, loss, and life through a poetic blend of Tal’s lyrics, storytelling and masterful musicianship.
Tal played a couple of sold out shows at LA’s Moroccan Lounge and NYC’s Mercury Lounge last week. Joined by her three-piece band: drummer Tamir Barzilay, guitarist Owen Barry and keyboardist Chris Price, she previewed songs from the album. Short Clip HERE with Sean Ono Lennon guesting.
The album was primarily recorded at Los Angeles EastWest Studios and co-produced with Paul Stacey (Oasis, The Kooks, Black Crowes) Longtime mentor and friend, Jackson Browne, served as Executive Producer and the album features backing from a bevy of friends and highly respected players including guitarist Blake Mills (John Legend, Perfume Genius), keyboardists Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) & Zac Rae (Alanis Morissette, Lana Del Rey) and drummer Jeremy Stacey (Ryan Adams, Eric Clapton).
Love Remains is a richly orchestrated body of work that showcases Tal’s evolution from instrumental prodigy to “formidable singer-songwriter” (Rolling Stone), talented vocalist and producer in her own right. 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. The angsty anthem “Killing Me” premiered via Billboard and is out now. 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 bass and string sections, 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 prowess. Following the release of her instrumental debut, ‘Transformation,’ Bass Player magazine’s readers’ choice poll named her “The Year’s Most Exciting New Player,” and iconic bassist and producer Don Was presented her the publication’s “Young Gun Award.”
‘Love Remains’ Tracklisting:
1. Corner Painter
3. Hard To Be Alone
4. Haunted Love
5. Love Remains
6. Fistful of Glass
7. Under The Sun
8. One Thing After Another
9. Killing Me
10. Pieces Of Me