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Ainslie Wills

Sunbury, Victoria, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | SELF

Sunbury, Victoria, Australia | SELF
Established on Jan, 2007
Band Alternative Pop




"You Gotta Hear"

You might know the name - and the voice of - Ainslie Wills from her collaboration with #1 Dads, 'So Soldier'. Well, she's a solo artist in her own right. She released a beautiful debut album in 2013 called You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine and last night on the show I got to premiere her brand new song called 'Drive'. It's the first taste of her new EP Oh The Gold which will be out in the middle of the year.

While her debut album was filled with dancing, etheral melodies and obtuse song structures, 'Drive' - just like the title suggests - is a tune that heads straight for the horizon. There are some beautiful sights along the way (note the killer harmonies in the second verse) and by the end it's driven right into the sun, exploding in a crescendo of fiery distorted guitar and pounding drums. - Triple J Home and Hosed

"The Guardian Mix tape"

In 2013, Melbourne singer Ainslie Wills’s debut album You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine showcased her distinct brand of inventive, drama-filled pop music that was quickly awarded the Australian music prize and Melbourne music prize nominations. She’s since released the catchy first single Drive from forthcoming EP, Oh The Gold, and now Hawaii. The song comes packed with big synths that detonate just at the right moment, with Wills singing in full-blown 80s power ballad mode. Co-written with guitarist Lawrence Folvig, it was recorded in Brisbane with Arron Light on drums and production courtesy of Matt Redlich. - The Guardian

"Triple J Catch of the Day"

‘She just keeps releasing stunning songs. Melbourne singer Ainslie Wills is back with a new tune, and once again that voice and the perfectly minimal production, has made it a winner. Good news too, it looks like 2012 will see a record from Ainslie, and this song will live on it. Fighting Kind is all rhythm, handclaps and then that voice. And then, it kicks in with a perfect band punch that pulls back to showcase her perfect tone again. That voice! I love it. It’s today’s catch of the day’. - Zan Rowe

"Where there's Wills there's a way"

FORTUNE favours the brave. Serendipity usually comes bounding after them too, flapping its ears like a labrador, desperate to get in on the act.

Such is the case for Ainslie Wills, the siren-like Melbourne singer-songwriter who has put out her debut album this week titled You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine.A few months ago, she got a late call to appear on RocKwiz opposite 360, his management asking for her because she'd be a "good fit". That's a pretty big deal when you've NEVER BEEN ON TV before and are only an EP and a single into your career. Wills was "scared s---less. I thought 360 would pummel me into the ground. I was surprised because he was s----ing himself, too, before we sang Johnny Cash's Ain't No Grave. I was expecting him to be more hardcore - which he was - but he was friendly too," she says.

Last Monday, good ol' serendipity came into play when Wills' record came out and SBS just happened to repeat her episode that night. Clearly, everything's coming up Millhouse for the caramel-voiced 30-year-old.

"It was very cool, I had no idea that would happen and my friends kept contacting me to say 'You're on again!'," she beams, noticing her social-media profile has elevated too.

You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine was the closest thing Wills has come to giving birth.

"Yes, I keep using that analogy. I co-wrote the album with Lawrence Folvig (pictured with Wills) whom I've collaborated with for years, so it feels like we've been nursing it along. Not that I've experienced childbirth - well I have, I was there, I just didn't know what the hell was going on [laughs] - but every project that you do you know a little more about the scene. You put the work in so you might as well give it a right royal push," she says returning to the analogy without snipping the cord.

Recorded in the cerulean blue bite of a Blairgowrie winter, I'll Go Mine takes the listener through PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, St Vincent and Radiohead motifs then importantly emerges as a singular sound for a singular artist, heavy with verisimilitude.

As for the title, it gets you POW right in the kisser every time.

"The working title of the album was These Colours ... which was just awful. I was trying too hard. I was brought up on Barbra Streisand movies and musicals by my mum and the title is from Hello Dolly when Barbra Streisand says to her gentleman caller, Walter Matthau, whom she's secretly in love with, 'You go your way and I'll go mine', but instead of pointing in opposite directions she actually points in the same direction," she says. "Lawrence and I were heading in parallel directions and we stuck to our creative guns." Only the brave survive. - Courier Mail

"Beat Magazine"

Ainslie Wills is something quite special. To be specific, it’s the way she sings. She’s a fine musician, with fingers deft on guitar strings to pick out melodies and drive her songs along with gentle, urgent rhythms and she fronts a tight, accomplished band, but it’s her voice that’s really, really, something else. Second support act, Adelaide’s Gold Bloom were brilliant in their own way, a fringe and guitar heavy four-piece that makes full use of its three female vocalists to build soaring, looping harmonies around urgent indie-pop guitars and drumming. They were very good; highly recommended. But then Wills took the stage, and showed off more vocal prowess than the three singers preceding her combined. She’s got chops; whether she’s soaring along over the top of the band or out the front, alone in a vocal break with maybe a plaintive guitar to keep her company. Controlled, precise, heartbreakingly clear one minute, then sunk into the kind of vibrato that few singers (Jeff Buckley and Edith Piaf, maybe) could get away with. The way she sings is thrilling, earthy, seeped in emotion, almost a guilty pleasure; the kind of thing that would be embarrassing to listen to if it wasn’t so good. Luckily, it was good – when she started singing the smattering of chatter self-involved blowhards that infests most crowds in the Workers Club died and the crowd stared in rapt appreciation. From the first notes of jagged folk/rock to the last notes of Fighting Kind, the lush, cinematic single the Ainslie Wills Band was launching, they took us somewhere special. BY LIAM PIEPER LOVED: All of it. HATED: Could have used a bigger venue. DRANK: Nothing, much. Your humble reviewer was still a bit sideways from Andrew WK last week. - Liam Pieper


Oh lordy. We have just found our musical saviour. An antidote to the ordinary, Ainslie Wills‘ voice has us utterly captivated. When we first heard her single “Fighting Kind”, we felt like raising our hands to the sky and shouting hallelujah. That very single is being released today and will be the first off her debut album, due out in September. You can have a quick listen to some of the tracks here. There will also be a launch at The Worker’s Club in Melbourne on Saturday 12th. The clip for another one of her tracks “Wide Load” is to the left – it’s pretty awesome and makes us want to boogie backwards like Ainslie. - Frankie Magazine - written by Georgia Frances King


2007 - "Ainslie Wills" Self titled EP

2010 - "Somebody for everyone" EP

2010 - "I'm your woman" single

2012 - "Fighting Kind" single from upcoming debut album

2012 - "You go your way I'll go mine" debut album to be released in 2012



"A beguiling debut, 4/5" - Rolling Stone
"An antidote to the ordinary, Ainslie Wills' voice has us utterly captivated." - Frankie Magazine
"The album takes the listener through PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, St Vincent and Radiohead motifs then importantly emerges as a singular sound for a singular artist, heavy with verisimilitude." - Herald Sun

Finalist in the 2013 Melbourne Music Prize
Shortlisted in the 2013 Australian Music Prize

Melbourne melodist Ainslie Wills has been accruing an earnest following amongst the Australian and international music scenes since the independent release of her debut LP You Go Your Way, I'll Go Mine in 2013.
Her brand of neo-soul-folk-rock is edging its way closer to the fore, showing that Wills is an artist with integrity and longevity.

Wills is currently working on her forthcoming EP 'Oh The Gold ' ( to be released 2015) with her right hand man; guitarist and co-songwriter Lawrence Folvig.
Folvig, a master at creating evocative sonic landscapes; drawing on influences such as Boards Of Canada, Radiohead and Aphex Twin. This, atop with Ainslie's penchant for killer vocal harmonies with influences ranging from Mahalia Jackson, Jeff Buckley, Grizzly Bear, Q-Tip and beyond, makes the music a beguiling listening experience. 

Ranked in the Top 5 Best Australian Live Performances of 2013 in The Music Writers Poll, Wills and her five-piece do not disappoint in a live context, cutting through musical terrain with vigour and prowess.
Over the past few years, Wills has played numerous select shows supporting the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, Lianne La Havas, Andy Bull, Holy Holy, Clare Bowditch, Jen Cloher, Michael Kiwanuka, Husky, Tin Pan Orange and Gossling.

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