Melbourne artist Ainslie Wills was first inspired to make music in her early teens, when she was given a copy of Jeff Buckley's Grace. From there, the budding singer-songwriter went on to graduate from Melbourne's VCA, and set about crafting her debut, self-titled ep. Self-recorded and produced, Wills' noirish debut showcased Wills' evocative vocals and unconventional songwriting, which draws on elements of folk and gauzy indie pop, but inhabits its own world.
Hungry to collaborate, Wills went on to form a three piece band with fellow VCA graduate Lawrence Folvig (guitar), and Mirra Seigerman (drums), the new trio combining to record Wills' second ep, Somebody For Everyone, in 2010. The ep's first single, the beautifully layered, unhurried Wide Load, was greeted with critical acclaim and national airplay.
Since then, whether with her now five-piece band or just with an acoustic, Wills has proved herself a formidable songwriter, whose songs rush in at you from unexpected angles, underpinned by an undulating vocal style that is honest as it is compelling.
In recent times, Wills has been writing and producing a full length lp with Folvig, which will be out in the second half of 2012. The new album, You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine, is lush and organic sounding, and 'more textural and cinematic in its overall sound', Wills says.
The first taste of the new album comes in the form of driving first single Fighting Kind, which amply showcases the many gifts of this dynamic young songwriter.