Anna of the North gets dreamy for debut Lovers

LoversIt’s raining, the kids are back at school, and summer is officially over. September then is the perfect time to release an album full of youthful exuberance and dappled synth-sunshine if you want to capture the last remnants of love, laughter, and joy before autumn firmly takes hold. Anna of the North a.k.a. Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith deliver a warm, passionate debut album with Lovers, an album that explores the many facets of love with the unwavering expectancy still accessible to the under 30-year-olds.

From Norway to New Zealand (coincidently the pair’s homelands) Lovers will have people singing along to what is an album full of pretty, genial and damn catchy pop tunes. Nothing genre defining here, but as far as electro-pop goes you can’t beat 10 tight if a little cheesy, love songs set to a variety of predictable, yet memorable base lines over scored by a killer vocal that will have you floating away on the last nostalgias of summer romance.

Let’s take title track, "Lovers" described by Brady as “speaking of the emptiness of the unrealistic promises we make to each other at the start of relationships. Those promises that we can't possibly keep like ‘I'll always be there for you’ and ‘I'll never leave'.’"  The reality of the tune is somewhat different; a wistfully irresistible pop record that whilst slower than some of the other tracks on the album can’t shake the duo’s inherent optimism. It seems Anna of the North just can’t pull off melancholy, which is not a criticism. Why, indeed, can’t love be full of hope? I'm transported back to one of my more dubious crushes, Rick Astley (thankfully I did “give him up” before the decade was out).

Speaking of a time of leg warmers and shoulder pads, track "Someone" is pure 80s pop with a hint of teenage angst - think sound tracks to the era’s coming of age films Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Elsewhere "Fire" moves things forward a little with a carnival twist that defies the September launch. With a hint of a Brazilian influence it demonstrates Anna of the North’s ability to wander gently into other genres but not stray too far from what they do best: deliver feel good, likable pop songs which pretty much sums up the rest of the album.

As far as debut albums go, it's unlikely Lovers will win any awards for ingenuity but it doesn’t matter because it will win your heart and mind as in the words of Thomas Moore, Love’s Young Dream.

Release: 8th September 2017, Different Recordings


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