If you’ve been following JOVM over the past 18 months or so, you may be familiar with electro pop artist Joanie Wolkoff, who is probably best known across the blogosphere for her work in a number of projects including Her Habits, which managed to capture the attention of the blogosphere last year, Gemology and others.
2015 has proven to be a big year for the Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based Wolkoff as she’s struck out on her own with her solo recording project, Wolkoff. Earlier this year, her collaboration with The Hood Internet, “Going Back” blew up across the blogosphere, and the result has been a growing national profile.
Wolkoff’s previously released work managed to channel the contemporary electro pop sound of acts like Beacon, Seoul and others – i.e., eerily sparse and icy productions paired with plaintive vocals; however, her solo debut Talismans, produced by up-and-coming producer Icarus Moth reveals a painterly approach. Pay close attention, and you’ll hear a lush and deeply textured sound that naturally draws from electro pop but also draws from world dance music and uses medieval instrumentation. Much like Talismans‘ first single “Curve Appeal,” the EP’s latest single “Hand It To The Bandit” is comprised of skittering and twinkling percussion, atmospherically, swirling electronics, propulsive drum beats and Wolkoff’s seductive cooing to craft a sound that’s angular, hyper-modern, yet sounds as though it were inspired by the 14th and 15th centuries — all while being effortlessly self-assured and coquettish.