Song of the day – 170: My Friend Wallis
The great advantage of running a series like this is that every so often friends and colleagues will tip me off to stuff like this.
My Friend Wallis have a bandcamp page where you can download a whole bunch of great “tropical dream-funk from Vancouver” like this, for free. Sole band-member Crystal Dorval is like the female Panda Bear, and I didn’t even realise I liked Panda Bear that much!
Here’s what I wrote about the lady for Bust. (They’ve actually rejected this copy – I don’t think they got The Barracudas reference, or understood why I was using the Galaxie 500 anecdote, or indeed why I was mentioning summer just when it’s about to turn to winter in the States. Can someone remind me in a few days time that I need to do a rewrite, please?)
MY FRIEND WALLIS
Beautiful crystalline funky stuff from Vancouver. My Friend Wallis is Crystal Dorval: her music (self-described) is “tropical dream pop-funk”, but it sounds way more trippy than that. Beach Boys smooching with Dee Dee Warwick, stuck on repeat. I took acid once while listening to Galaxie 500, and the hairs on my arm lit up like Sunderland Bridge. Summer’s here. Time to get high.
Think: Animal Collective, Opal, Delia Derbyshire
Panda Bear: 9
Pooh Bear: 2