Stefan Stoppok, Lars Plogschties, Tim Potzas
Crises and separations aren’t fun. The music that springs from them, however, can be. Especially when Tess Wiley writes it.
The Texan singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has release a new album five years after her internationally celebrated release „Little Secrets“ – an EP with seven powerfully haunting, melacholic songs; catchy and refined, strong and vulnerable at the same time. Even the title points to feminine strength: „Femme Sole“ („single woman“) is a legal term from 16th century England which gave a woman the rights to manage her own estate. The title, an early form of feminism, was not given lightly.
On „Femme Sole“, Tess Wiley sings and plays guitar, piano, and violin, completely alone, a sort of private concert meant solely for the listener. In her songs, Wiley tells intimate tales of love, separation, independence, hope and despair, yet it never comes off as kitschy or pathetic but rather rife with warmth and incredible depth.
A gripping EP from a complex, independent, and multi-faceted musician in her prime, stylistically a combination of singer/songwriter, folk, Americana, and pop. An album devoid of filler, direct to the point, musical and sensitive. It’s no wonder, then that respected musicians such as the Hamburg-based singer/songwriter Stoppok invite her to support them on tour.
Tess Wiley, daughter of Grammy Award winner Fletch Wiley and author/poet Kathryn Wiley, grew up mainly in Texas and has lived in Germany since 1998. She was part of the internationally successful band Sixpence None The Richer and currently performs regularly, among others, with Stoppok and Dietrich Faber, a.k.a. Manni Kreutzer. „Femme Sole“ is her sixth release.