Wallis Bird – Salve!

Wallis Bird is an Irish artist, who is based in Berlin via London. To be honest, the first thing I heard about her, years ago, was not her music, but the story behind it. Bird is left-handed, but she lost all five fingers of her left hand in a lawnmower accident. Four of them could be put back on, but she learned herself to play a right-handed guitar upside down. Maximum respect before I heard a single note of her music. And guess what? Her music doesn’t need this story, it’s great in its own right.

Having spent the past two years writing and recording, Bird is set to release her sixth album Woman on 27 September. Salve! is the new single. The funky instrumentation and verses sound rather Prince-like, but the voice, which alternates between smooth and raspy, is trademark Wallis Bird.

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