Manhattan-based PT Walkley is a musical renaissance man walking the fine line between mass entertainment and deeply personal songcraft. An accomplished composer for film and television, Walkley has also displayed a rich, melodic indie rock-cum-singer-songwriter repertoire through a string of critically acclaimed full-lengths and EPs.
Like many modern composers, his early days were spent in bands traversing the congested NYC rock club circuit. A chance encounter with actor/director Ed Burns at a Lower East Side guitar shop led to the two becoming fast friends and Walkley becoming Burns’ go-to composer for a decade and counting, including work for Burns’ and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming ‘60s cop drama Public Morals, which premieres August 17th on TNT. An adventurous composer, Walkley also writes all the music and voices several characters for hit Nickelodeon series Team Umizoomi and has crafted original songs for Nick Jr.’s Wallykazam, and PBS’ Sesame Street.
2008 marked Walkley’s first foray into the commercial world, with Dewar’s licensing his song “Up The Walls” for a promotional campaign. The jittery, propulsive track off Walkley’s first solo release, PT Walkley and the Adventures of Track Rabbit, captured the ears of advertising execs around the world, and Walkley has since composed original music for and lent his songs to National TV Commercials including Budweiser, Mercedes, Pepsi, MasterCard, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, New York Life, Starbucks and many more.
Mr. Macy Wakes Alone, a dense, orchestral concept album released in 2009, featured collaborations with Sean Lennon, guitarist Larry Campbell, string arranger (and Beck’s Dad) David Campbell. Walkley received high praise for the record, with NPR calling it “shining and triumphant” and Atlanta Music Guide describing it as “the art of storytelling brought back to life.”
The three releases that followed (What’s What, The Ghost of Chivalry, and Thriller), received continued acclaim, The Wall Street Journal calling Walkley “a power-pop singer-songwriter in the tradition of David Bowie, Alex Chilton, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney.”
Though Walkley’s full-time composer gig makes touring virtually impossible, his live bona fides include opening for Coldplay at Madison Square Garden and Weezer at Hammerstein Ballroom as well as playing at the last All Points West Music & Arts Festival.
Walkley’s latest LP, Shoulders, marks his most personal work to date. Teaming up with Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning producer Bill Sherman, Walkley channels the divergent emotions of a bittersweet year – from the birth of his son to the death of his best friend – and delivers an inspired song cycle rooted in indie rock with a heavy dose of classic R&B. The dichotomy of hope and mourning is explored through the warm texture of “Leeches” and the blistering “Sirens”. “Eat You Up” and “Lost My Way” find the mild-mannered Walkley flashing fangs at the subject of a major falling out while “Hello, Eyelids” occupies a gorgeously sparse folk realm like a distant cousin to Nick Drake. And nothing is as it seems in a Walkley-penned tune. Is he in a whorehouse in “Rose-Colored Glasses”? Or Perhaps a jingle house? Who is he chasing through “No Time to Sweat”? A woman, or fame? He muses on death, rebirth and the importance of family through the 13 tracks of Shoulders, a witty and meticulously structured power pop gem.
PT Walkley’s voluminous and diverse catalogue showcases an ability to span and blend different genres, and a mind capable of mining the human condition and of scoring a film, a commercial, a cop show or a kids show all in the same week.
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