Stones Throw and Invada Records Join Forces to present ANIKA Self Titled Debut Release Out in US December 7

Stones Throw and Invada Records Join Forces to present ANIKA Self Titled Debut Release
Out in US December 7

Stones Throw and Invada Records announce the US release of the self titled debut by ANIKA,
out December 7.

“Political Journalist” is not a credential you find in most musician’s bios. Wise beyond her years, Anika is no ordinary singer. Portishead’s Geoff Barrow recognized this instantly and the two bonded over a shared, unifying musical vision – a love of punk, dub and 60’s girl groups.

Living between Berlin and Bristol while working as a political journalist and music promoter, Anika met Mr. Barrow through a mutual friend. Raised by music loving parents, Anika spent an early, brief part of her childhood in Germany. By the time she was 16 she had already bought shares in her family’s music festival in Haldern, met Patti Smith and was dreaming of a life making music.

As a teenager in the UK, her appetite for discovering new music and being a musician became irrepressible. Post college degree and looking for like-minded musical souls in Bristol, she met Geoff and his band mates Beak>. The following week Anika and her “new band” went into the studio to begin recording ANIKA’s debut album. Anika was recorded live in 12 days, with the four of them together in one room and no overdubs. The resulting collaboration is a political/trashy/discordent/reggae/ German/old school Bristol/punk-funk sound – all sown together into a collection of classic, bristling songs infused with other-worldliness, an experience in uneasy easy listening.

Solidly in the groundbreaking tradition of such short-lived but deeply influental labels as New York’s ’80s No Wave nexus, 99 Records, the nine songs run the gamut from experimental rock (“Yang Yang”), to soulful country (“End of the World”), to folk (“Masters of War”), to pop (“I Go To Sleep”), showcasing Anika’s expansive range, prescient talents and uncanny ability to string together a cohesive, disparate collection of moods. Anika and Beak> bestow a mature array of reverb drenched ancient drum machine rhythms, expertly teasing out the more haunting qualities in each incantation.

Once afraid her youth would betray her and now, still only 23, Anika’s sophisticated music is likely to draw comparisons to Marianne Faithfull during her post-punk/dub Broken English period and Nico during her halcyon days, Anika is sure to make an indelible impression on the music world. Not a bad start for a new talent whose album was no more than an idea just a year ago.

Official Site

Track Listing

Terry
Yang Yang
End Of the World
Masters Of War
Officer Officer
Sadness Hides The Sun
No-one’s There
I Go To Sleep
Masters Of War (dub)

Album Release on Digital / CD / 2 LP with Instrumentals – December 07, 2010

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