Anna of the North – Lovers Review 

In 2014, we were introduced to Sway; a silky pop number that sizzled with twinkling synths and a winding forlorn bass. Fast forward to present day, and Anna of the North has resurrected her hype with debut LP Lovers, which – though Sway-less – glides with the same clouded Eighties musings and dreamy love life memoirs.
One thing this does all hint at is that no modifications have been made to their style. No risks have ever been taken, no real differences have ever been made. It makes Lovers a bit predictable, but undeniably good. Most tracks fall back onto vivid synths to complement the wistful vocals of Anna Lotterud. Baby is the track with the most history, being released last year, lifted by bursts of bass and subtle whispers of synths. Carrying on the tradition, opening track Moving On fully embraces the ricocheting bass and lyrics, hoisted by a vital synth riff during the chorus, while remaining easy and simple. Money glistens with a summery sheen, topped with a catchy chorus and pounding percussion. Feels’ poignancy derives from the drooping synth flourishes; for some reason, this little add-on is a real stand-out instrumental moment – it’s just so unlike anything else on the album.

Having said that, there are some tracks that stand out from the rest. Someone – already a fantastic track, with a courageous chorus and confident instrumentalism – is made all the better with a perfect key change. Fire is the greatest diversion from what the rest of the album presents, in that it tackles a more modern approach to pop – syncopated percussion, a bouncy bass, and a hushed build up before an anthemic chorus. The album’s closer All I Want, though rivalled with Friends, is the most exposed we’ve heard Anna, and the minimalistic instrumentalism – especially during the verses – work well in enhancing a sense of vulnerability.

One thing that ties the album together is the theme of love. It gives a very real portrayal of the subject, in that none of the tracks deliberate idealistic relationships, but actual raw emotions and struggles. Whether it’s the collapsing of a relationship, like in Friends or Fire, or the craving of attention on Someone or Money, each song is connected by this bold representation of love. And as each track fades and bleeds into the next, seamlessly joining mismatched tempos and auras, the album embodies the quick and meandering changes of relationships. It’s a truly clever technique that sets apart so many modern ‘pop’ albums, in that it displays a clear and honest narrative.

However, the album seems to separate itself into two. The first half of the ten-piece tracklist is much more creative than the second, which focusses on the more simplistic and dreary numbers, briefly picked up by Fire, only for the album to come to a muted close one song later. The second half is good and still demonstrates huge talent, it’s just nowhere near as captivating as the first.

Anna of the North’s Lovers is the pinnacle of easy-listening pop, with an ambience that combines freshness, nostalgia, heartache and love all into one smooth album. It can be a bit repetitive, a bit boring and a bit predictable, but it’s definitely an accomplished debut.

Anna of the North – Lovers: 6/10

Eleanor Chivers

Single Review – Anna of the North – Money

After dropping Someone – an essential summery pop listen – it’s no surprise that Anna of the North’s latest single, Money, chimes with the same sickly sweetness. Bubbling from underneath Anna Lotterud’s dreamy vocals are rising retro-pop riffs and thumping percussion, coming to a slick crescendo in the irresistible chorus. According to her, the song is an “S/O to fake friends and gold diggers”, and the message rings loud and clear in piercing vocals and the beautifully simplistic synth backings delivered by Brady Daniell-Smith. The freshman album – Lovers – promises more sparkling pop, and is due to be released in September.

Eleanor Chivers

Single Review – Anna of the North – Lovers

Ahead of the release of much-anticipated debut album due September 8th, Anna Of The North releases new single, and title track, ‘Lovers’. A delicately dreamy synth pop track that pulsates like a heartbroken hushed prayer. ‘Lovers’ is an artfully poised take on the ever popular gentle eighties inspired pop sound. Norwegian vocalist, Anna Lotterud, and New Zealand producer, Brady Daniell-Smith craft a track that seems to echo with the fragility of relationships and the loneliness of heartbreak. As Daniell-Smith describes, the track is: ‘speaking of – those promises that we can’t keep like, I’ll always be there for you and, I’ll never leave.’ Lotterud adds; ‘the song describes the point when you feel alone and you’ve reached out but they’re not reaching back.’

Hayley Miller

Single Review – Anna of the North – Oslo

With today being #BlueMonday (a name given to the third Monday of January reported to be the most depressing day of the year for countries in the northern hemisphere.) it seems like an appropriate time to share my thoughts on Anna of the North’s new single Oslo. Let’s face it Monday’s can be tough, especially after the euphoria of Christmas & the New Year has worn off – if you are looking for a song to get you out of bed on these dark winter mornings, Oslo might just do the trick. The track is playfully uplifting and synth-heavy. It has a fresh morning feeling to it and I listened to it this morning to give me the courage to get out of bed at 5:30AM for the gym. The song is all about new beginnings , which is echoed in the video by the picturesque landscapes and gorgeous sunrise…guaranteed to have you thinking a winter break before the summer! 

Ony Anukem

Single Review – Anna of the North – Us

Norwegian singer songwriter Anna Lotterud has been catching some attention over the last year with singles that have been expertly produced and arranged in a sparing, minimalist fashion that allows her understated vocals to shine. Her new single ‘Us’ has moved slightly from the atmospheric electronica to something slightly more Pop oriented. It features more vibrant beats and chords which are sharpened subtle clicks between the resonant sounds and her whirring vocals. It still maintains the ‘chilled’ aesthetic which all of her tracks have featured, but she demonstrates here a keen ear for a simple, yet catchy tune without losing any dignity along the way. 

Owen Riddle

Single Review – Anna Of The North -Baby


Norway’s Anna Of The North is quickly making a name for herself as a rising Pop commodity plying herself in the trade of ambient cheesy 80’s ballads and making the well worn sound her own. With ‘Baby’ this includes sweeping chords and bursts of electonica set around her quivering yet tuneful vocals. As a result the song is left as a smooth and cool affair. Get ready to hear a lot more from Anna in the very near future.

Owen Riddle

Single Review – Anna Of The North – The Dreamer

Anna Of The North is an alternative pop artist from Oslo, Norway and her new track ‘The Dreamer’ is out today with only a handful of tracks behind her. Washed out synths open the track and remain in the background as the beat arrives and more warped electronica grows from it. Her vocals are easy on the ear and fit in  perfectly with the hazy pop she is producing here. As the song progresses the beat is layered with tumbling drum samples and sharp, snappy percussion upon which this track ends. It transcends the divide between pop and alternative themes and she’s kept tem broad in this case to combine them so well. One to look out for in the future.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995