If every song on the self-titled debut album from All Walls was as good as lead single “The Spider,” I’d be considering Keith Waggoner and Samson Crouppen for my a spot on my year-end list of favorite albums. Unfortunately the rest of the record can’t match that level of awesomeness, but I encourage you all to keep an eye on this band.
All Walls is a side project for the two members of Los Angeles-based collective Holy Folk and they’ve enlisted help from their friends on the efficient 10-track, 27-minute release. Icelandic singer/songwriter Greta steps into the spotlight with lead vocals on “The Spider.”
“Stylistically, I was going for something dark and minimal, weighted heavily by the rhythm section to allow the vocal to take center stage” Waggoner says of the sultry tune. “Almost like she is telling you a secret.”
Additional standouts include “Once They’re Gone” (with guest vocalist Jimmy Sweet), “The End of a Long Walk” and “All Night Smoke Machine.” Here’s hoping that Waggoner and Crouppen continue to find time for this excellent side project. (Jeffrey Sisk)