Date and place of start: 2009, Bristol, UK

Place: Bristol, UK

Theme: music

ECC Participation: artist

photo: Anika

The latest discovery by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow. Born in Germany, Anika is a journalist by calling, a concert promoter by trade, and a poet/vocalist by passion. She had been writing short poems and song lyrics for years, but had never performed them with a band until she stumbled into a rehearsal of the group BEAK>, Geoff Barrow’s experimental music project. Together, they recorded the album Anika in two weeks. The LP, featuring cover versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Yoko Ono, The Kinks, and Greta Ann, was published by the hip-hop label Stones Throw.

“Sometimes mistakes have been the most creative things people have ever done. Why restrict creativity by enclosing it in a case of perceived perfection?”

Anika’s debut is expression of disillusionment with today’s music scene: artists aren’t as distinct as they once were, while audiences have grown increasingly jaded with music. Her songs are intended as an experiment that will either irritate or enthrall listeners. The album sounds rather retro, thanks to its use of old analog synthesizers, and at times seems downright primitive in technological terms. The tracks were usually recorded on the first try and left without overdubs. Anika isn’t above missing a few notes here and there, and displays a vocal manner resembling that of Nico and Yoko Ono.

Anika (2010) is available on the hip-hop label Stones Throw. The artist will perform at this year’s edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties, and is planning on recording original songs addressing social and political issues.

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