Release Date: Sep 8, 2017
Record label: Different
This July saw Lotterud featured on Tyler, The Creator’s recent album Flower Boy, but now comes her own full-length debut record with bandmate Brady Daniell-Smith. “Sway” – along with several of Lotterud’s strongest singles – has been omitted from the tracklisting of the long-awaited Lovers, a move that’s difficult to understand given the LP’s sparse 10-track runtime. The lack of “Oslo”’s wintery glow and percussion-led sophomore release “The Dreamer” hang particularly heavy, but Lovers still yields a satisfying clutch of Anna Of The North’s glimmering, opalescent offerings..
Anna Lotterud, a pop star anchored between her Norwegian motherland and an adopted Australia, has been causing tremors since releasing debut ‘Sway’ in 2014. A track created with bandmate Brady Smith, with vocals recently revealed to have been recorded via a late night Skype conversation. This simplistic approach to production and creation has stayed present through the evolution of Anna Of The North’s sound; a pristine pop with an inherently Scandinavian edge..
Reminiscing on the countless albums that have been signposted as Eighties nostalgia pieces, it’s striking how few of them actually sound like anything from that decade. Sure, the drums are loaded with gated reverb, the synth modules are preset to soft tones that were subsequently disowned in the Nineties, fade-outs are a thing again, and the saxophone is suddenly an acceptable solo replacement for the electric guitar..