Oslo based duo Anna of the North unveil new single “Us” – the fascinatingly fragmented, synth-driven follow up to previous singles “Sway”, “The Dreamer” and “Baby”, “Us” delves deeper into Anna of the North’s lore and emotion, dusk into evening and all the promise -- good and bad -- that night brings.
“Anna of the North brings out Scandi-pop’s sensitive side” - The FADER
“expansive, gorgeously crafted pop music” - Pigeons and Planes
“twisting and warping the dreamlike blueprint of her forebears to gorgeous effect” - NME
“dark, chamber-pop music that carries us away into our deepest of feelings” - Nylon
MAN & THE ECHO
There is a bit of Sheffield’s finest’s era-defining mix of smart, observational pop and musical glam about Man & The Echo. But there’s also a bit of ABC, The Smiths, the Divine Comedy, Dexys, Super Furry Animals, blue eyed soul, 50s/60s crooning, literary references, social commentary, humour and much more, as they have arrived at a sound that isn’t retro so much as ricocheting through pop’s many decades and landing squarely in the post-Brexit, conflicted, chaotic UK of the here and now.
Avante Black reads like the United Nations of pop with frontwoman Ottilia and guitarist Emil hailing from Sweden, bassist Gabs from Italy and keeping the beat, Dean on drums from the United Kingdom. Barely out of theirteens and with just 10 gigs under their belt, their sonically intense live performances have caught the ears of some notable musicians including Ed Harcourt and Bill Ryder-Jones who Ottilia has been writing some new tracks with. With releases from September, a debut album is expected early next year.