Progressive pop powerhouse Ainslie Wills is back, bringing her unique, epic balladry and a brand new EP to Newtown Social Club this October. This goal-kicking Melburnian has unleashed a brand new single 'Constellations', from her new EP Oh the Gold and now she's taking her long-awaited new material down the east coast with her five-piece band.
You'll spend a good deal of time picking up Wills' influences; you can hear a little PJ Harvey, a tad of Rhye, a tinge of The xx, a sprinkle of St Vincent, a dash of Jeff Buckley and a teeny splash of London Grammar in there. But Wills is no lyrebird, she's whittling a style that's all her own — a style that earned her a finalist spot for the 2012 Melbourne Music Prize and saw her shortlisted for the 2013 Australian Music Prize for her LP You go your way, I’ll go mine.
Since then, between writing for Tom Isanek's #1 Dads side project, Wills has been working on new material with songwriter Lawrence Folvig and Brisbane-based producer extraordinaire Matt Redlich (Holy Holy, Emma Louise, Trouble with Templeton) — they met after one of her shows at Black Bear Lodge back in 2013. They've been recording in Redlich's studio, Grandma's Place, and now Wills has a brand new EP to showcase.