Reveries for the laziest day of the week
10 October 2021
Band: BIG THIEF
Who: Indie rockers with folk and country roots
Active: Since 2015 / 4 studio albums so far
New single: CHANGE
4th new song in 2021. The band promised
to release a double album next year.
Change is a gripping pearl. Intimate and tender
Would you live forever, never die, while everything around you passes?/
Would you smile forever and never cry while everything you know passes?
BIG THIEF: Facebook
(Image on top: cover of ‘Two Hands’ album)
Best album of July 2021
31 July 2021
Who:: Fascinating Berlin-based artist Annika Henderson who released
her wayward, self-titled solo debut LP in 2010. She also made two
notable LPs with Exploded View. You can stream Obey (2018) and
Exploded View (2016) here.
Anika: “It’s a moment caught in time. This album had been planned for a little
while and the circumstances of its inception were quite different to what had been
expected. This colored the album quite significantly. The lyrics were all written there
on the spot. It’s a vomit of emotions, anxieties, empowerment, and of thoughts like,
“How can this go on? How can we go on?”
Key-line: “I think we can change, we all have things
to learn, about ourselves and about each other.”
AllMusic/Heather Phares says: “Change’s artful, heartfelt expressions of frustration
and hope aren’t just perfect for the transformative time in which they appeared, they’re
also an exciting and satisfying reintroduction to Anika the solo artist.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5.
Turn Up The Volume says: I can’t help it but from the first spin on of this most
intriguing longplayer, images of the mysterious Red Room in Twin Peaks popped
up on the screen in my head. The red-blooded color, the uncanny atmosphere, the
chill-out tune in that specific scene (listen below). Anika would fit in there just perfectly.
Her bewitching intonation, her magnetic timbre, her human-mind quest, her jazzy Kraut-pop-esque euphony, all contribute to the scarlet shadows wandering in my mind when listening to Change, again and again.
Singles/clips: Finger Pies / Rights / Change
– FINGER PIES –
– RIGHTS –
– CHANGE –
Stream/buy CHANGE here…
All info via Nevada Records
Daily electricity to load your batteries…
3 June 2021
Who: The musical alias of Berlin-based artist, Annika Henderson.
She released her compelling self-titled solo debut LP back in 2010.
She also made two most impressive longplayers with Exploded View.
You can stream Obey (2018) and Exploded View (2016) here.
New single: CHANGE
“I think we can change. We all have things to learn, about
each other, about the world, about ourselves.”
Turn Up The Volume: Anika is a natural-born misfit. She did/does
it always her way with stirring stories, her magnetic voice, and her
drop-dead cool presence. I love Anika for all that. Change will not
change that. Her view on humankind’s future is optimistic, but the
only realistic manner for all of us to survive these troubled times
where racism, sexism, political extremism, and lots of recurring
social problems still hurt our society.
Listen/watch (great video) here…
You can buy the song on Bandcamp…