November 3, 2023 – Today, art rock rising star Liza Anne released their highly anticipated third studio album, Utopian, via Antifragile Music. Utopian will also be available on a special edition coke bottle clear vinyl, available for pre-order HERE.
Alongside the album, a sweetly sentimental music video for “Thank You For Your Time” was premiered by FLOOD Magazine today – read the feature HERE.
On “Thank You For Your Time,” Liza stated: “It is so strange to experience the projection forward from the place I projected myself to – when I wrote Utopian – the entirety of its contents were a hope, a manifestation, a curiosity towards how things could be. I imagine a world where I was out and experiencing love that made sense to me. When I wrote ‘Thank You For Your Time,’ I imagined a love that knew how to meet me right where I was. A love that led with intuited care and understanding that held me when there were not words. I have never known a love like I am growing with my girlfriend, I have never felt so soft or open to breaking myself open for the sake of blooming something real. It is like the love we share is widening even my biggest capacity for loving and dreaming. It is a love that feels like it gives me wings.”
Utopian furthers Liza’s art rock evolution, sonically shifting to encompass an eclectic array of sounds including shimmering dance floor funk, bright new wave, jangly shoe gaze and tender punk.
With the life-defining, celebratory coming-out lead single “Cheerleader” being praised as “jubilant and funky” by Stereogum, and NPR Music recognizing the beauty of self-discovery inherent to “Rainbow Sweater,” Utopian has received high praise from acclaimed publications across board including New York Times, Billboard, PAPER, American Songwriter, Grammy.com, Consequence of Sound, Uproxx, V Magazine and many more. Other album standouts include the glistening and piercingly tender “Treat Me” and the spacious, art-rock masterpiece title track, “Utopian,” also featuring backing vocals by Samia.
In celebration of the album, Liza Anne hosted a sold-out album pre-release show at The Sultan Room in Brooklyn, NY, on October 27 with special guest FIGHTMASTER, check out photos from the show here.
From their wider work fighting for reproductive freedom through their ABBA Discos initiative, leading a queer poetry celebration at Housing Works NYC, or recent debut acting (and soundtracking) in indie horror short “Boyhoarder,” Liza is a visionary bringing the fringe to the mainstream, and an iconoclast ripping down the norms of the boring generation.
Written over three years ago, for Liza, Utopian was the safe space they created for their queer experience while still being closeted and in a relationship that was actively inhibiting their true self. Reflecting on the central message of the album, Liza shares, “With this record I was projecting myself forward into a reality that made sense to me and out of the heaviness of existing in a world (and a toxic relationship) where I was experiencing disassociation from myself because of being closeted. Not just queerness but so much of who I was, what I felt, what I cared about, what meant something to me was not welcome in the space of that relationship. Utopian is, to me, a scared reinhabiting of myself that started as merely a dream – I spent 3 years inside of a relationship where I needed an escape and I spent nearly 29 years of my life closeting myself and trying to ignore who I was – with the writing of that record I was detailing a world where I was out, joyful, forgiving, surrounded by love that made sense to me and able to grow and grieve and feel and emote in a healthy way.“
2. Rainbow Sweater
3. It’s Cool To Care
4. Shania Twain Is Making Me Cry
5. Treat Me
8. Utopian (featuring Samia)
9. Internet Depression
10. Pack Light
11. Out Of Nowhere
12. Thank You For Your Time
+ w/ Pussy Riot
* w/ Torres
Nov 3 – Ferndale, MI – Magic Bag +
Nov 5 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall +
Nov 6 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge +
March 20, 2024 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *
March 22, 2024 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
March 26, 2024 – Seattle, WA – Neumos *
March 27, 2024 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios *
March 29, 2024 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord*
March 30, 2024 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room Highland Park*
April 1, 2024 – San Diego, CA – Casbah*
April 2, 2024 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar*
April 4, 2024 – Dallas, TX – Dada Dallas*
April 5, 2024 – Austin, TX – Parish*
April 6, 2024 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall*