Karen Dalton, known as the folk singer’s answer to Billie Holliday may have struggled with drugs and alcohol before her death but she left some beautifully raw music. “Maybe another day you’ll want to feel another way, you can’t stop crying, you haven’t got a thing to say, you feel you want to run away,” she sang on the melancholy tune that is Something On Your Mind and now Wall pay tribute with their own version.
Like everything that Wall has produced so far Lyla Foy’s vocals and the sparse backing give the song a sense of personal intimacy that’s almost too close, like feeling the breath of a stranger on your neck. But it’s that breath, dangerously near as it is, that is quietly thrilling.
Something On Your Mind can be downloaded for free from the Soundcloud player below.
Wall - Something On Your Mind