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Spend Time with “Anna”

6 Nov

Will Butler from Arcade Fire fame released in 2015“Anna” a song that undeniably has an 80s influence from its synth new wave intro to the vocals that remind one of Greg Kihn Band“The Break Up Song”

It has a pulsating rhythm right from the start that just never quits and makes the song quite peppy. The darker toned vocals are a great match for the instrumentation and also match the lyrics which include the lines “someday you know you’re gonna die” and “Where do you think they’ll hide your bones?/out in the field oh all alone.” It’s creepy in the style of Oingo Boingo another 80s band that comes to mind upon hearing this track.

“Anna” still fits into the modern landscape perfectly, but it also could be mistaken for an authentic retro song and that is all part of its charm. There’s a level of playfulness here in the vocals that comes off as dangerous but delightfully so. The edge that this song carries really sets it apart in the music scene, and would fit in on any horror movie soundtrack.

It also has a Bowie vibe to it, crossing one 80s icon after another off of Butlers list. Strange but satisfying this is one little number that is full of retro goodness and will leave a lasting impression on listeners.

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