Anika: a new Nico

Having already posted a Nico cover, today I just can’t resist a track from another album released in North America through the same production company, Stone’s Throw Records, that put out Aloe Blacc’s Good Things.

Anika’s self-titled debut is out this week and the most difficult part of posting about it is deciding which of its excellent tracks to share.  Her novel interpretation of Dylan’s “Masters of War?”  Well, Noise Narcs has kind of been there…  A dark and melancholy winter song (“Sadness Licks the Sun”)?  Eh, Noise Narcs has sort of done that

In the end, I decided on “I Go To Sleep,” a dark, plaintive track offered for free download from the Stones Throw website.  Keep it up, Stones Throw.  Here’s some of their press on Anika:

Released this week, LP/CD/digital: self-titled debut produced by Geoff Barrow of Portishead. Out in North America on Stones Throw Records.

Anika and Beak> (Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller and Matt Williams) went into the studio to begin recording material just a week after meeting. The resulting album was recorded in twelve days, live, with the four together in one room. Dub with no overdubs. The collaboration is political, trashy, dub, punk, funk … a cohesive sound, and experience in uneasy listening.

Enjoy.

Anika, “I Go To Sleep” [Amazon]

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