Latest Single: "Stay" (2019)
Frontwomen Britt Olsen-Ecker and Melissa Wimbish first hatched the idea of a singing Valentine troupe (The Valentonez) long before Outcalls was a twinkle in Baltimore's eye. They surprised local businesses, unsuspecting sweethearts, classrooms, and even celebrity Chef Cindy Wolf, with personalized singing telegrams earning them features on WTMD, The Baltimore Sun, and of course in the hearts of all whom they serenaded. They chose February 14th as the release date for their heartsick pop ballad, "Stay", because the holiday - commercial as it may seem - remains a hallmark of their beginnings.
“Stay” promises to be another hit among the duo’s feminist pop canon with a story familiar to all of us: Failed romance and the petty grudges which resurface during the throes of a breakup. Moments of silence and sparse accompaniment are used throughout the piece in order to showcase natural vocal quality and lyrical content. Scant guitar riffs accompany the unmistakable unison blend of Olsen-Ecker and Wimbish's vocals in the opening line: Remember when you forgot my birthday? / That should have been the end of our story. A lilting ballad continues before shifting to a soulful, pulsating chorus with the addition of bass guitar and kick drum. At the onset of the second verse, the full band introduces a total rhythmic "about face" while vocals become an unrelenting rap-like patter. This latest single highlights Outcalls' ability to make dramatic shifts within a track in order to highlight the story without ever jarring the listener.
A recording studio can be an intimidating place for women to assert authority. Producing credits for women are scarce in the music industry. The woman-fronted production of "Stay" was a milestone on the team's path to recording and sound engineering independence. "Stay" was recorded and mixed at Wrightway Studios in Baltimore's Remington neighborhood.