Wallgrin is the art-pop solo project of composer, vocalist and violinist Tegan Wahlgren. The artist describes her music as “a space between beauty and dissonance through layers of strings and exploratory vocals. Drawing from an array of musical influences — including fiddling and choral singing.” Wallgrin has shared stages with Jenny Hval, Flock of Dimes, Nicole Lizée and Holy Hum, and has been a featured performer at Music on Main, Khatsahlano, ArtsWells, Tidal ~ Signal and TEDxVancouver. Today she is sharing her debut album Bird/Alien, ahead of it’s July 6th release via Heavy Lark. Wallgrin plays her next show at the Fox Cabaret in Vancouver, with Ian William Craig opening.
Wallgrin on Bird/Alien:
“Bird/Alien is about is learning to feel powerful; learning to feel at home in your own skin. Embodying all these mythological personas is one way of doing that, for me. Channeling the supernatural is, strangely, a means to uncover parts of myself that are all too real. This collection of songs centres around secrets, mourning, queerness, love, and euphoria.”
After years of composing, recording and performing, 2018’s Bird/Alien marks Wallgrin’s first full-length release. Moving between pseudo-religious incantations, lush string-based orchestration, beat-driven pop and ornate vocal arrangements, Bird/Alien feels at home next to art-pop albums like Björk’s Vulnicura, Kate Bush’s The Sensual World, and Deradoorian’s The Expanding Flower Planet. It was entirely self-produced and recorded in Vancouver, Berlin and a remote Vancouver Island cabin.