Video Premiere: Anika "No One's There"
- Words: Ken Taylor
Although XLR8R's fare usually consists of experimental electronic sounds and next-shit dance music, we've long had a love affair with the late-'70s/early-'80s post-punk and no-wave scenes, too. This throwback from Geoff Barrow protege Anika, "No One's There," from her recently released self-titled debut on Stones Throw/Invada, perfectly fits that bill, as the singer (along with Portishead producer Barrow) combines Delta 5-meets-Nico-style vocals and rude-boy dub rhythms for something that's as joyously energizing as it is nostalgic. The accompanying video, directed by regular Portishead collaborator John Minton, finds Anika singing in a Warholian Plastic Inevitable setting intercut with shots of derelict Bristol and Stokes Croft council estates and other gritty, empty street scenes, which nicely echo the refrain "Stop looking over your shoulder/No one's there." Check out the video, and purchase the single over on Anika's Bandcamp.
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