'Change' is the brand new album by Anika, released on Invada Records and Sacred
Bones, the first solo music from the Berlin based artist in 8 years.
A British ex-pat and former political journalist, Anika has collaborated with BEAK>,
Tricky and released two albums with Mexico City’s Exploded View to great acclaim.
The single Change tackles personal growth as well as wider issues and grapples with eternal questions as to whether one can ever truly change.
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It has been 11 years since the release of her last solo album, 2010 cult-favourite
Anika; she suddenly found herself with a lot to say. “This album had been planned
for a little while and the circumstances of its inception were quite different to what
had been expected. This coloured the album quite significantly. The lyrics were all
written there on the spot. It’s a vomit of emotions, anxieties, empowerment, and of
thoughts like—How can this go on? How can we go on?”
The intimacy of its creation and a palpable sense of global anxiety are seemingly
baked into the DNA of Change. Spread across nine tracks, the central feeling of the
record is one of heightened frustration buoyed by guarded optimism. The songs offer skittering, austere electronic backdrops reminiscent of classic Broadcast records or High Scores-era Boards of Canada, playing them against Anika’s remarkable voice—Nico-esque, beautifully plaintive, and—in regards to the record’s subject matter—totally resolute. Incantatory tracks like “Naysayer” and “Never Coming Back” are both a call to arms and a warning. “Never Coming Back” was written after reading Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,” she explains.
“I was living in the old East countryside outside of Berlin, where there seemed to be
no shortage of birds. Apparently their numbers have dropped significantly, but it is
one of these changes that we never really stop and notice. We take things for
granted, until it’s too late. With all this other noise going on, care for the
environment has quickly been moved to the back-burner. So long as we get what we want NOW and on demand, who cares about whether we are taking care of the
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