Half-German, London-based singer-songwriter Vanessa Anne Redd releases new digital single What’s Next on 14 December. Beginning with disorientating jabs of electric guitar – a style which has seen Redd’s sound compared to “PJ Harvey’s imperial phase” (Clash) with elements of Holly
Golightly and Angel Olsen – the song seduces with its slinky rhythm & blues. It’s a Brother Grimm-esque tale of, as Redd describes, “being lured by sweet sin into the woods, optimistic with the promise of good things to come but knowing the only certainty is the here and now.”
What’s Next is a dark fairy-tale sonically brought to life, musically rich in atmosphere and emotional texture and laced with Redd’s soft, bewitching vocal. It is befitting of Redd’s forthcoming second album Zumbo Waxes as a whole which is described by Redd as “a gothic folk fairy-tale of sin and
salvation”, conceived in the Victoria in Florence, Italy and inspired by Baroque-era sculptor Gaetono Giulio Zumbo.
What’s Next is the second track to be taken from new album Zumbo Waxes following When I Compare (November 2018) which, with its “acoustic fingerpicking and shifting strings” (Music Week), showed the intimate side of Redd’s work, influenced by and comparable to Leonard Cohen.
Recorded at Gizzard Analogue studio and co-produced by Redd with Ed Deegan. It due on 14 December 2018 digitally with the album Zumbo Waxes following on 25 January 2019, via Sharp Attack Records.
The album will be accompanied by a moving still life visual with each song translated through a psychedelic colour sequence as the viewer travels through the transformative journey into battle and through difference states and realms. The visual is inspired by German Folk takes, Alice in
Wonderland and films such as Closet’s L’enfer’, Sayat-Nova’s The Colour of Pomegrantes and Věra Chytilová ‘s Daisies.
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