(New York, NY) Brooklyn-based indie-pop trio Anna Sun has announced their self-titled debut EP with the premiere of the new single, “Mr. Midnight.” Originally the bedroom project of songwriter Samantha Aneson, Anna Sun has since grown into a collaborative trio including drummer Nikola Balac and bassist Andrew “Shwogs” Shewaga, marrying classic pop aesthetics with adventurous modern production.
Across its six tracks, the Anna Sun EP manages to capture the triumphs and anxieties of being alive in such a strange time. Sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes heartbreaking, these songs always seem to find an underlying sense of optimism, a reflection of their writer’s personality.
The latest single, “Mr. Midnight,” reflects on the frustration of having an emotionally distant lover. With her signature diary-like songwriting, and using humor to deal with life’s difficulties, Aneson wrote the song starting with a spin on a famous quote from Notting Hill. “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a guy, asking him to —- me.”
“I immediately knew there was a song there,” she states. “This is the second time I’ve written a song based off of a single lyric, and I love it.” Balac and Shewaga helped define the style as they contributed their parts, with chaotic instrumental breaks leading towards the song’s climax. “As it usually goes, as soon as Nikola came in with his impulses on the drums, it came together. It was rad,” Aneson recalls. “Combine that with the melodic bass line Shwogs threw in, it’s definitely one of my favorite songs.”
Aneson credits her desire to weave a story bigger than herself to her background in theatre. The Southern California native studied acting at the University of California, Irvine, before relocating to NYC and co-founding the folk-rock band Satin Nickel, which Balać and Shewaga also eventually joined. Over time, she began adding original indie-pop-rock songs to her repertoire and recruited her former bandmates to bring them to life. Thus, Anna Sun was born.
Making music that is meaningful and accessible is a rare thing these days, but Anna Sun seems to have achieved a perfect formula for their unique brand of expression.
ANNA SUN TRACKLISTING
2. For Better
3. What A Shame
4. Mr. Midnight
5. One Room Away
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