Although they’ve yet to release a full album, the Oslo-based duo Anna of the North has found an international audience and viral success with an epic, swooning, and ethereal sound that, according to the FADER, “brings out Scandi-pop’s sensitive side.” The project got its start when singer Anna Lotterud, who grew up in a small town and was managing a clothing store in Oslo, began to feel unsettled in life and decided to travel alone to Melbourne, Australia. There, she met Brady Daniell-Smith (Little Dreamer), a fellow Norwegian and a producer, who recognized her talent and invited her into his circle of friends. Soon, a fruitful collaboration bloomed and Lotterud became Anna of the North.
Soundfiction says that “Us,” the duo’s new single, is “a fascinatingly fragmented, synth-driven follow up to previous singles ‘Sway,’ ‘The Dreamer,’ and ‘Baby.'” Those songs combined for more than 10 million SoundCloud listens and almost 30 million Spotify streams, topping the Hype Machine charts and finding airplay on KCRW and the BBC along the way. According to the duo, “Us” is “about a relationship between two people with a really strong connection. When it’s so good it’s bad for you. All of us have had that special person you’ll never forget where the timing wasn’t right.”
“Anna keeps twisting and warping the dreamlike blueprint of her Scandipop forebears to such gorgeous effect.” -NME
“The Norwegian singer has an effortless way of crafting dark, chamber-pop music that carries us away into our deepest of feelings.” -Nylon
Also included in this download are the other Anna of the North songs: “Baby,” “The Dreamer,” and “Sway.”
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Label: Honeymoon / +1 Records