London singer-songwriter WILDES has announced her new EP Subsidence will be released on March 15 and has shared its stirring, pulsating lead single ‘heartbreak is silent’.
New EP Subsidence finds Ella Walker going back to her roots, self-producing and recording the entire project from her flat in Dalston, recruiting frequent collaborator Matt Wiggins (Adele, Florence and the Machine) to mix the EP.
“The EP centres around the abrupt end of a loving relationship that left me quite devastated and shocked,” WILDES explains. The new project is led by new single ‘heartbreak is silent’, a suitably subtle, oscillating song dutifully capturing her fractured emotions post-break up.
Previously noting PJ Harvey and Patti Smith as core influences on her project – ‘heartbreak is silent’ showcases an alluring sonic evolution. With its heartbeat kick drum running throughout, building to a crescendo of muted electronics, WILDES’ grasp of tension and release, and her eloquent portrayal of her personal experience of romantic trauma (“Heartbreak is quiet for me / Not the crying in the rain it’s intended to be / Heartbreak is silent for me / Not the burning claret rage of a lover on their knees”) is remarkable.
Of the new single, WILDES said: “‘heartbreak is silent’ captures a battle between myself and my emotions after the end of my last relationship. This particular heartbreak was quietly subtle from the outside, but raging and all encompassing within. He had no idea what I was going through – all he saw was the glossier veneer of social media. Heartbreak and grief are familiar to me, but they are heavy burdens that sometimes feel impossible to carry. This song is all about that duality.”