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First Listen:

Sarah Walk

“Let Me Try”

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words by ben tipple

The pain of unrequited love is palpable in “Let Me Try”, the new track by Minneapolis pianist and vocalist Sarah Walk. In it, she pleads for a mutual response to her outpouring of affection. When Walk offers to “hold you through the night”, it’s clearly without condition. All she’s asking for is a chance.

Dominated by Walk’s understated piano skills, the near-four minutes are split between her affection and her self-confessed loneliness. Her suitor remains unknown; from an ex-girlfriend she hopes to get back to an individual who might not share the same feelings as her. Either way, Walk voices her emotional turmoil perfectly.

“Let Me Try” is a balance of public outcry and inward pain. One part holding up a speaker to a loved one’s bedroom window, one part the excruciating fear of letting happiness and companionship slip through your fingers. The track builds around these complex emotions, growing into a suitably reserved crescendo of sheer frustration. By the end you’ll be begging whomever it is to just give Sarah Walk the time of day. As should you.

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“Let Me Try” is taken from Sarah Walk’s new album, out early next year via One Little Indian

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