Katie Herzig may not be a household name, but you’ve definitely heard her music.
Songs from her four albums have been featured in many commercials and soundtracked the drama on television shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Bones, and most recently, in the the trailer for Saving Mr. Banks. She’s even been nominated for a Grammy Award. Yet universal recognition continues to elude her — but her new album, Walk Through Walls, may finally put her over the top.
The album, which is due out April 8th, shows Herzig continuing to break with her folksy roots, swapping acoustic guitars for the poppy electronica and synthesizers that worked so well on her last album. TIME is excited to premiere the album’s title track, “Walk Through Walls,” a pretty and ethereal number that showcases Herzig’s deft vocals and poignant lyrics.
“This song was written in a time when I had to come to terms with the fact that life does not always reflect the picture we grow up having in our mind. And when it starts to look like something outside of that, we are stuck between hanging on to that picture with all our might, or letting it go and embracing the picture that is,” Herzig says. “This song lives in the space between those two worlds.”
As for the making of the video, Herzig explains: “My director, Shih-Ting Hung, came across Edward James’ Las Pozas in Xitlitla Mexico when we were looking for locations and we both fell in love. With a spirit of adventure and some crazy planning and coordination we flew into Mexico City, met up with a wonderful Mexican crew, drove 9 hours to Las Pozas and shot the video in one day… in the middle of a place that I can only describe as heaven on earth.”
“This shows only a tiny bit of its breathtaking structures,” she adds. That description is an apt analogy for the song itself, which hints at the power and beauty in Herzig’s voice and songwriting capabilities.
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