– GUERRILLA WARFARE –
Anna Meredith is a busy girl.
‘Twas always thus. The British composer and widely-lauded electronic producer has managed to cram into her busy career so far being composer-in-residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as well as ‘Composer in the House’ with Sinfonia ViVA.
And, since dropping her debut studio album Varmints in 2016, she’s managed to ‘reimagine’ Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons as well as writing and performing the score for Bo Burnham’s 2018 film Eighth Grade.
Where others might have paused to have a cuppa and a nap, in July she announced her much anticipated second studio album, FIBS.
And with all that going on, it’s perhaps no surprise there is a kind of frantic energy to Paramour – the first single from that LP.
As captured perfectly in the video (above) the song smashes dance music electronics against metal guitar aesthetics as well as horns, violent time signature swerves and all the energy and impending danger of (to use an apt metaphor) two freight trains hurtling towards each other.
Depending on which direction you come at Meredith’s musicfrom, it’s possible to hear Paramour as Casio keyboard Metallica, Fire-Toolz with more focus or the Hackney Colliary Band covering yet another obscure Prodigy track.
Whatever your approach, you’ll either love her or hate her (and I’m slathering this particular Marmite on thick).
FIBS is due for release on 25 October via Moshi Moshi.
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P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.
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– SV –