|“…her new take on Arcade Fire’s “My Body is a Cage,” the mournful, church organ ballad made soul wrenching by the blonde haired, blue eyed guitar lady.”
– Dig Boston
“A confidence in her voice foretells an ability to stay in the driver¹s seat no matter how rambunctious and rugged or sweet and smooth her musical turns take. Her pretty voice blends in so well with the organ, piano, and acoustic guitar that she has hit-maker written all over her.”
– Bill Copeland, Ctrl Alt Music
Anna Rose is blessed to have been born into a family steeped in the arts. Her father is a celebrated pianist and theater and Oscar winning film composer, while her mother is a dancer. Luckily for us, in Anna Rose, this predilection for creative expression manifested itself in a love of guitars and rock and roll. In her own words, “From the beginning, I was a guitar-head.” It didn’t hurt that she studied with Arlen Roth, who has played with, among others, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. Couple this love of good old-fashioned rock and roll with innate song-writing skills and you’ve got one talented 25-year old on the verge of greatness—which is on full display (9/20/2011) at Boston’s Ames Hotel, as part of the Ames Sessions:
FOR MORE INFO: Anna Rose at Ames
Her debut full-release, Nomad, which she co-produced with Billy Sullivan, was executive produced by the legendary Bruce Botnick, whose credits include the classic, “L.A. Woman,” by the Doors. However, while the wild rock spirit runs strong throughout Nomad, the sound itself holds true to progressive sing-songwriter folkiness heightened by a rock and roll edge. This young rock starlet has drawn comparisons to Fiona Apple and a young Alanis Morissette, but the truth is that Anna Rose is a flower unique unto herself. She’s raw and vital and speaks to the quiet dreams and fears that plague us all when the lights go out. And she’s not afraid to step outside the box. Aside from the five songs that appeared on her critically acclaimed self-titled EP, Anna Rose, a perfect example of this well-timed bravery is her passionate, bare-bones interpretation of Arcade Fire’s, “My Body Is A Cage,” which premiered on Cover Me:
STREAM: Anna Rose – “My Body Is A Cage (Arcade Fire Cover)”
On Nomad, Anna Rose delves into guitar-drenched numbers like “Picture,” and ethereal ballads such as “Wilshire Blvd,” but her songs, her voice, her song-writing, regardless of form, exude rock attitude. Rose says, “I love that Mulholland Drive, rock-songwriter, star-tripped, holed-up-in-a-house-drinking-gin-and-smoking-weed-writing-songs thing.” And the songs and sound of her new album, which she is currently in the studio recording, reflect the gritty ethos in the best possible way. Rose says, “I think people will hear a heavier blues sound in my newer songs.” In the meantime, she’s been invited to perform at this year’s illustrious Pop Montreal.
Look out for Anna Rose’s new video for “My Body Is A Cage” in the coming month!
9/24 in Montreal, Quebec @ Club Lambi (as part of Pop Montreal)