My ipod, bless its heart, is always on shuffle. I listen to it while driving to work, while I’m cooking, working out, while I’m cleaning, when I’m playing dress up, whenever the spirit moves me really. Today I noticed a forming pattern. The female artists on my ipod for the most part are from foreign countries, and the majority of them hail from European countries. Maybe it’s some new thing-- for me, I mean. Like some sort of “phase,” as my mother likes to call it. Before long it will pass, then I’ll be into music from Kazakhstan or Mozambique or Utah or sometimes I’m in the mood for some good ol’ fashion gibberish from Nomansland. My point is this, um, err, oh yes: Euro chick music. Amy and Lily aren’t the only girls making a rawkus.
Are you familiar with Annie
? No, not the freckle faced, red head with pigtails from our favorite childhood sing-a-long, I mean, musical. Did she have pig tales? I digress. If you haven't familiarized yourself with Norwegian electro pop singer Annie, you should. Her sound is like early Madonna
doped up on bubble gum and pixie stix. Yes, that means dance music. She's woven from the same cloth as Datarock
. Well, they all come from Bergen, Norway, anyway. England's Richard X
, who has produced for Róisín Murphy
, along with a handful of productions from fellow Norwegians Röyksopp
and Timo Kaukolampi
of Op:L Bastards
, formed the basis of Anniemal
, Annie’s debut album.
Her highly anticipated second album Don’t Stop
is to be released on April 27th. Popjustice
got their paws on a copy and declared it a “complete modern masterpiece.” The first single, a cover of Stacey-Q
’s "Two of Hearts," was produced by Richard X a
nd was leaked on the Internet a while back. It is a modern day dance till it hurts kind of song, complete with all the trimmings to make you move your feet till you get a cramp in your big toe. The second single, "My Love is Better," features this one guy from this one band...
of Franz Ferdinand
. Ring any bells? Kind of a big deal. They just performed a packed show at Amoeba Hollywood
, though without Annie. Anyway, he plays the guitar on this track, another track called "Loco," and in general for that band I mentioned. They won some awards or something. Oh, yeah and he sings the lead vocals for them too-- the band, I mean. My bartender told me the girls go crazy for him.