Walkingshoe – All the Wrong Places (Stream)
by Steven Spoerl
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A strange amount of comfort can be found in invoking nostalgia by staying true to trends from decades past. Walkingshoe takes that philosophy to stratospheric heights with “All the Wrong Places”, which combines that approach across multiple decades and congeals those tendencies into an astonishingly coherent whole. ’60s instrumentation, ’70s composition, ’80s excess, ’90s aesthetics, and ’00s manipulation all find fascinating ways to connect on “All the Wrong Places”, leaving the song as a modern day miracle.
Impressively, from second to second, all of the nostalgic points are incredibly malleable. The most dominant frame of reference is likely the slacker pop movement of the late ’90s and early ’00s that found an unassuming figurehead in Ben Kweller. Walkingshoe, while not too far removed from Kweller and his ilk, still comes across as refreshingly new. Bold and unpredictable, “All the Wrong Places” is the sound of a new artist finding an engaging voice. It’s an extraordinary feat and it deserves to be recognized, shared, and celebrated.
Listen to “All the Wrong Places” below and download it here.