By Caitlin Wolper
Anna Lotterud performed her final headlining present on March 6 in San Francisco — only a week earlier than coronavirus shutdowns rocked america. Lotterud, who performs bouncy, upbeat electro-pop as Anna of the North, was wracked with indecision — she was engaged on music in Los Angeles and wasn’t certain if she ought to go house to Norway. For fairly a while, flights had been full and booked; she’s again house now, however spent some time caught in California.
The interval of coronavirus-imposed uncertainty contributed to the dream-pop musician’s new EP, Consider. Out right this moment (October 23), the discharge finds Lotterud pulling again on her often upbeat manufacturing to supply one thing a bit slower. On Consider, she reimagines two of her personal tracks — “Lovers” and “Dream Woman” — and gives up a brand new music, “Somebody Particular,” in addition to two covers.
“[In my other work,] regardless that the lyrics are melancholic, the manufacturing is sort of completely satisfied,” Lotterud tells MTV Information. “[Believe is] an opportunity to indicate myself differently, extra of who I’m.”
Identified for every part from her music “Lovers” in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to her options on Tyler, the Creator’s “Boredom” and “911 / Mr. Lonely” — the place she offers clear and jazzy backing vocals that easily counter Tyler’s verses — Lotterud’s already stacked up quite a lot of hits, however Consider is a refreshing new entry.
The slower each day tempo she’s skilled in the course of the pandemic has resulted in a interval of reflection: That’s how the eerie cowl of Cher’s “Consider” got here to be, in addition to her tackle jazz musician Bendik Baksaas’s “Lover Ghost.” The organ-led “Consider” is dramatically slowed to a ballad, and whereas the manufacturing depends on related Auto-Tune, Lotterud’s voice doesn’t carry any affectation — it comes by clearly and cleanly above the noise. Her “Lover Ghost” cowl strips the music of a few of its jazzier overtones, opting as an alternative for a slowed, sparer manufacturing counting on gradual beats and her extra digital inclinations.
With their new manufacturing, the tracks are extra susceptible, intimate, and quick. Cher’s “Consider” turns into a young ballad; “Dream Woman” is sort of morose.
“The entire songs I’ve carried out, all of them have their particular which means to me — ‘Consider’ and ‘Lover Ghost’ are songs I listened to once I moved to Melbourne, my anthems in 2014,” Lotterud says. “All these songs have particular meanings to me and now’s that point to consider that kind of stuff.”
And as she mirrored on her favourite songs, she mirrored on her personal work as effectively. As she reworked “Lovers” and “Dream Woman,” Lotterud discovered herself reminded of her starting, when she recorded in her bed room. The 2 tracks, of their authentic states, are effervescent, bounding with a Lily Allen-esque twinkle that usually obscures fairly downbeat lyrics. Lotterud describes herself as a “happy-sad” particular person; the reimagined tracks on Consider err towards revealing the melancholy her lyrics have held all alongside.
“A unique manufacturing can provide a music a whole new which means,” Lotterud says. “That’s the cool a part of protecting your personal songs, however it’s additionally the actually onerous half, as a result of you may have the music that is carried out, you mentioned you prefer it, then you definitely begin to write a brand new model of it. That is actually onerous — every part sounds mistaken, since you’re so used to listening to it [as the original].”
Whereas Lotterud doesn’t see Consider as a tonal shift in her work — she at present has a brand new album within the works that aligns with the upbeat manufacturing of her earlier albums — she does see it as one thing she’ll pursue extra sooner or later.
However for now, on this world, making a gradual, stripped-down EP “simply made sense.” And “Somebody Particular,” the EP’s new monitor, suits completely: a mournful, piano-led music about eager to be with an individual who’s far-off. Although she first wrote the music within the U.S., her dad performs piano on the monitor, a callback to when she was younger and they’d carry out collectively.
In some ways, Consider takes Lotterud again to her roots: low-key, less-produced bedroom-pop that pulses with craving. “I’ve by no means been house for therefore lengthy, I feel now it has been half a 12 months virtually,” Lotterud says. “I feel possibly I wanted it.”