Anna Anise

Storytelling songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Anna Anise released debut album All That Magic on 10 Dec 2021 via Bristol-based alt-folk label Cuculi Records, and followed up with her self-produced EP Saint Martha on on 8 July 2022.

The result of two years’ focused dedication, the ten tracks on All That Magic reflect the changing experiences of women over time, alongside intimate perspectives on her own life as a woman in the 21st century. “I’ve been getting into the flow of writing a song a week to get through to the good stuff, often inspired by the characters in books I’ve read or stories I’ve heard. I’m interested in the complexity of the human experience, empathy, and how we find our own voice within the constructs of our society. This album asks some of those questions – about culture and truth, learning about yourself, learning about others, feminism, consumerism and family.”

Anna has drawn together an impressive core of emerging talent to produce the album, including fellow students from Bristol’s contemporary music school BIMM. Among the predominantly female & LGBT team, co-producers Beth Butcher & Bethany M. Roberts worked alongside Anna to fulfil her creative vision. Anna’s striking voice is centred within a sparkling, dynamic landscape of guitar, mandolin, banjo, strings, piano and drums. The imaginative vocal harmonies are a highlight across the album, reminiscent in mood and structure of First Aid Kit and The Staves.