Introducing Interview: Anna Krantz

Having just released the third single from her latest series New Moon, New Tune, Dublin-based artist Anna Krantz has just released a beautiful new single.

Written on Zoom with friend and co-producer Simon Johnson, ‘The Trouble With Suzie’ flows with twinkling country-inspired melodies and Krantz’ smooth rich vocals, creating a heartfelt shimmering alt-pop gem.

We caught up with Anna to find out more…

Hi Anna, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi! Thanks for having me. I’m a born and bred Londoner, currently living with my partner in Dublin. I’m really happy to be in Dublin as Irish music was a huge influence for me growing up. So, this is a fun adventure. Although I’ve been quite homesick through lockdown with not being able to travel home as much.

How did you initially decide to start creating music?
It wasn’t really a decision. I sat at a piano when I was eight years old and a song just kind of fell out of me. I’ve been writing ever since. 

Your beautiful new single ‘The Trouble With Suzie’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
Suzie is a fictional character who represents those unadvisable decisions we all make from time to time. She does the things she knows are bad for her over and over again because they just feel so good!

You’ve been compared to the likes of Suzanne Vega and Fleetwood Mac, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
My main influences change every time I answer because there are so many! However, they always include Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac and Van Morrison.

What music scenes are you into – offline and online?
I used to live in Nashville and it’s like a second home to me now. Many of my friends live there, including my best friend Lucie Silvas. I’m always inspired by what’s coming out of Nashville. 

How are you connecting with your audience and other musicians during the pandemic?
 Zoom. Zoom. Zoom.

And how do you feel the music industry is for new artists at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
I’d say it’s very difficult until it isn’t, if that makes sense? So many people are releasing music, more than ever before, so the odds of rising to the surface are very low. However, there are also far more ways to be seen these days and sharing music is easier than ever.

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any other upcoming artists that you’d recommend we check out?
YES! How long have you got?! Fancy Hagood (a good friend of mine) has some incredible new music out. His music and his heart move me to tears of joy every time I listen. Check out Kree Harrison too. She has a voice like butter, covered in maple syrup and sprinkled with fairy dust. Really traditional country sound with modern lyrics and relatable sentiments. 

Finally, what does 2021 have in store for you?
First and foremost, a trip home to see my family! What’s more important than that? I’d like to release a full length album next year too. Meanwhile, I have more singles planned for release in the early part of the year.

Massive thanks to Anna for answering our questions! Listen to ‘The Trouble With Suzie’ below:

 

Track Of The Day: Catgod – ‘Sometimes I Care For You’

Having previously charmed us live at The Finsbury, as well as being the loveliest of guests on our radio show, Oxford sibling duo Cat Marriott and Robin Christensen-Marriot – aka Catgod – have now shared a beautiful new single.

The first of three singles to be taken from their upcoming album, ‘Sometimes I Care For You’ is an ode to the isolation we feel when we cannot express ourselves, and the heartache that can come from not knowing where you stand with your lover. Flowing with a stirring, heartfelt emotion, it’s propelled by the rich power of Cat’s soaring vocals alongside Robin’s twinkling harmonies, creating a truly captivating soundscape. Complete with additional sweeping musicality from Patrick Bolton, George Purnell and Casper Miles, ‘Sometimes I Care For You’ offers an utterly spellbinding taste of what’s to come from the Oxford band. 

 
‘Sometimes I Care For You’ is out now, and Born Again – the upcoming album from Catgod – is set for release in Spring 2021. To celebrate the single’s release, Catgod will be To performing a live stream concert at TAD studios tonight – ticket link here.

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Ian Wallman

PREMIERE: The Silk Collective – ‘Wanderer’

Fronted by vocalist and songwriter Aimee Warren, London based The Silk Collective have now shared a dreamy debut offering.

Propelled by Warren’s rich, soulful vocals and a twinkling musicality, ‘Wanderer’ oozes a captivating ethereal splendour. As majestic, swirling layers of sound create a soothing groove, it’s reminiscent of the R’n’B tinged alt-pop of Lianne La Havas, with an added lilting folk-strewn musicality. Of the track, Warren explains that it’s a “a tender yet bold commentary on the cyclical nature of self-discovery, loss and healing…”

Listen to ‘Wanderer’ for the first time, along with B-side ‘Solo/Magnificent’ here:

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: Tamara – ‘Slow’

In a delicate lullaby of warm and simple guitar paired with silky vocals, Oxford artist Tamara serves us nostalgia and comfort in her second single ‘Slow’. Touching on the lightest elements of indie-folk and the subtle memories its sound brings forth, Tamara shares her own story while leaving room for imagination and relatability. It is with the most gentle melodies that Tamara provides a moment of reflection and hopefulness. 

Compelling acoustic guitar riffs quickly come and go dancing around the intent of Tamara’s vocals, only sounding when just right. Images of the sky seem to float by graciously – “I feel safe when the moon guides me back and the clouds still softly moving…” – and leave her listeners soothed. As smooth as Tamara’s vocals are, she delivers them with a raspy quality that peaks through just enough to be reminiscent of Metric’s Emily Haines. 

The minimal instrumental appears to be the ideal range for Tamara’s vocal tone to shine in a natural way, with a sound that is so gorgeous it needs only a single guitar as an accompaniment. ‘Slow’ gives the impression that there is much more in store for her audience when it comes to elegant tunes mixed with emotive lyrics. 

 

Jillian Goyeau
@jillybxxn