STUNS CROWDS AND CRITICS ON HER FIRST EVER USA TOUR
"I will continue to gush. The best artist I've seen at #sxsw2017 and one of the most creative bands I've seen in years. Anna Meredith." - Bob Boilen, NPR Music
“grins spread unstoppably around the club." - Jon Pareles, New York Times
Fresh from her first ever US tour, Anna Meredith today unveils the enthralling video for new single “Dowager”, directed by filmmaker and animator Ewan Jones Morris. The song is the latest to be lifted from her award-winning, critically acclaimed debut album Varmints, The 2016 Scottish Album of the Year Award winner, out now to stream and buy via Moshi Moshi.
The video follows Meredith’s maiden tour of the US, including a number of highly acclaimed showcases at SXSW in Austin, Texas, described as “sheer exhilaration” (New York Times) and “a stormy, ecstatic, endlessly danceable thrill to behold” (NPR Music). Last week she and her band delivered a stunning performance at the BBC 6 Music Festival in Glasgow. Meredith will appear at select festivals throughout the summer and plays her biggest ever London headline show later this year at Oval Space on 16 November.
Meredith says: “I’m very excited to be working with the brilliant wonky mind of Ewan Jones Morris again on a second video. It feels like a bit of a darker partner piece to his excellent Taken video, which also features Sam and Jack and I singing as a group. I love the combination of animation and footage he’s used and the growth of the video through the track.”
Morris says the video reflects his own creative process: “I had a few avenues that didn't work out for various reasons, so I was stuck without one solid idea and I really like this track so wanted to do something worthy of it. So It became a video about making a video for the song, not in too trite a way hopefully. It's obviously very tied to the lyrics and in the way that the Dowager 'plans her escape' I became the Dowager, chained to my computer animating but also planning my escape, flicking through books, procrastinating on my computer and looking out of the window. And as the Dowager takes to the sky - out of my meandering thoughts and half realised ideas, emerges something which captures the imagination (for five minutes). Or at least that's how it was playing out in my overtired mind.”
Anna Meredith live:
8 April - Rotterdam, Netherlands, Motel Mozaique
22 April - Reading, UK, Are You Listening? Festival
26 May - Edinburgh, UK, Hidden Door
28 May - Leeds, UK, World Island
4 June - Dudingen, Switzerland, Bad Bonn Kilbi
23 June - Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath, Ireland, Body & Soul
9 July - Jodrell Bank, UK, Bluedot
17 July - Nijmegen, Netherlands, Valkhof Festival
24 July - San Sebastian, Spain, Heineken Jazzaldia
5 August - Katowice, Poland, OFF Festival
17 August - Brighton, UK, Green Man Festival
1 September - Dumfries & Galloway, UK, Electric Fields Festival
16 November - London, UK, Oval Space
Released in March 2016, Varmints awarded the most coveted music prize in Scotland, the Scottish Album of the Year Award (SAY Award). It was named Loud & Quiet’s Album of the Year, The Skinny’s Scottish Album of the Year, and featured in end of year lists from outlets as diverse as Q Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Uncut, The Wire and the Quietus, as well as being named one of Pitchfork’s 20 Best Experimental Albums of 2016; Meredith was #1 in The List’s Hot 100.
Meredith’s dizzying CV also includes being Composer in Residence for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a piece written for MRI scanner, soundtracking PRADA’s Spring/Summer 2015 campaign, symphonies created for nursery children, music for park benches in Hong Kong and sleep-pods in Singapore. Recent performances at the BBC Proms have included collaborations with Marc Almond for the BBC Proms tribute to David Bowie; collaborations with Laura Marling and The Stranglers for the first 6Music Prom; a performance of her body-percussion piece ‘Connect It’ from the BBC Ten Pieces project; and her Last Night of the Proms composition ‘Froms’ was simultaneously performed by five symphony orchestras across the UK, was broadcast to an audience of 40 million people.
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