Anna of the North.
From this playful nickname is born a concrete music project, the one of Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith with whom her electro-pop debut album, ‘Lovers’, comes alive.
In 2012 Anna decides to move to Melbourne to find “her own way”. Here, she knows Brady who invents “Anna of The North”. From the meeting among two people coming from distant countries, is born a unique mix in which Brady, born in New Zealand and grown up partly in Australia, plays with the bright and vivid elements of the countryside and electronic scene, and Anna dresses everything with glacial minimalism, typical of her Scandinavian roots.
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Leaving home to move to the other part of the Earth means to be brave, but most and most profoundly, means current life it’s not enough: “I wasn’t in a life crisis, but I had a job and I had done uni and I had a boyfriend, and everything was perfect, but it felt like something was missing. Then I decided to go and do some studies abroad. It was really hard, though, because I moved all by myself [to Melbourne] and I didn’t know anyone there, so it’s kind of like you start your life again. There were times that I called my mom being like, “I want to go home!” But I’m glad I didn’t. I’m so happy about that journey, and I think it changed my life—obviously it did.”, Anna during an interview for ‘Interview Magazine’.
The introspective voice of Anna let the listener realise that deep fear of express her own feelings. Undoubtedly, ‘Lovers’ is Anna’s personal “own way” to move on the suffering of loving breakup. A kind of cure that music can give.
The first kiss, the first fears, the first pain, the first tears. ‘Lovers’ is fragments of 80’s electro-pop vibe and broken hearts: “You told me I would never see you walk away/ Said you’d never break my heart/ Never leave me in the dark/I guess there’s just some promises you shouldn’t make/ Shoulda known from the start”.
Thus, the album is an exploration of multiple facets of love. Confusing, insecure, messy, and capable of inflecting deep sadness and hurt.
‘Lovers’ is out now via Different Recordings
The full track-listing is as follows…
- Moving On
- All I Want