Anna Lena & The Orchids – Anna Lena & The Orchids
With English being Anna’s second language, she could do worse than having Sir Paul McCartney as a fan of her lyrics. The Norwegian turned Scouser turned Londoner is undoubtedly an impressive talent, and coupled with her Orchids, their blend of Scandi folk-pop has something really special about it. We were fortunate to catch her EP launch last weekend at The Sebright Arms, and picked up a vinyl copy of her self-titled, debut EP which drops on March 21st.
The simplicity of the lead track ‘View of my Sanity’ below means you are immediately drawn to the contrasting components of power and fragility within the vocals, comparisons in tone to Sharon Van Etten could be made. The track builds and dissolves giving it a haunting aura, it’s whole delivery is wonderfully spacious allowing for every word to be considered in it’s full emotional capacity. Live, this translates to Anna performing with just the alluring textures of her drummer at times. In it’s purest form, the aura swirls around the room like a vibrant potion taking shape before your eyes, its spell-binding enchantment captures your full attention, imagination and emotion.
We’ve been lucky enough to see one or two really promising acts in Anna’s bracket of late, but what sets her apart is the song writing itself, and of course, her lyrics. Anna invites you into her Alice and Wonderland-esque imagination and no more so than in ‘Miss Audrie’, a track that throws obvious comparisons to Bjork.
Organic and ambient folk-pop not to be taken lightly.