BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Winsome New Wardell Single ‘Tokyo Phones’

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Considering their parents are Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, the brother sister duo that is Wardell go about their business with a surprising sort of understated savoir faire.

Indeed, Sasha and Theo Spielberg first took to the stage under their current moniker back in 2012, and have essentially organically built a cult following with their captivating brand of mod folk-pop, drawing on influences from Janis Joplin to The Strokes. Yet their recorded output has been somewhat sparse. So BlackBook was excited for the opportunity to premiere their newest single “Tokyo Phones,” a winsome but melancholy jazz-pop stunner with a ’70s boho vibe, and Sasha’s elegant, Kate Bush-like vocal performance.



The song apparently took three years to come together.

“I was in a relationship that I sadly knew would be coming to an end,” explains Theo, “and I began writing this about the future tense feeling of missing somebody you spend every day with. And right in the middle of recording it, this person called me to speak for the first time in over a year – which sort of ended up finishing the song.”

The track was the final song completed for their upcoming album Impossible Falcon, released this Friday, September 20.


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