This week’s Track of the Week comes from BIMM Institute Bristol’s Anna Anise and is called ‘Into The Fire’.
The track has a slightly ominous feel created by Anna’s haunting voice, curious lyrics and phrasing. Check out the track and more about it below.
Describe your new track in three words…
Warm, eerie, earthy.
What inspired you when writing this track?
I was initially inspired by the mythology and history surrounding the symbolism of fire, particularly the dark side of fire, used as a punishment. I’d gone down many rabbit holes, from Joan of Arc to Icarus, and found a way to weave these narratives into the lyrics.
Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
So many artists inspire my work. I feel like all my songs are a mismatch of things I’ve been listening to. Mainly for this track, I’d say The Maes, This Is The Kit and Alela Diane.
What would you say makes your music unique?
I love the sound of vocal harmonies, and I like to try and get as many people involved in my music as possible. This track features vocals from my BIMM Institute buddies who are singing along with the chorus. We recorded this together, live in Studio A at BIMM Institute Bristol. The music video is made from footage of our BSA (@bsabristol) songwriting retreat this summer and features many students from the Women’s Collective Society (@thewomens.collective) and Friendly Folk Society.
Do you have a process you follow when writing a song?
It’s different every time! This one came as the chorus and hook first when I was driving. It was in my head for a week until I felt it was the right time to sit down and unpack what it might mean. This is what led me down the path of exploring the symbolism of fire. The banjo part came from jamming along with my melody, and so the song was born!
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
BIMM Institute has been a great way to network with loads of fellow musicians and music lovers – I couldn’t have made this track without them! The narrative element of this track was born from a creative processes class with one of my brilliant lecturers, Annie Gardiner. I’ve explored so many aspects of the industry, and studying here has given me the confidence to put my music out there and believe in myself as an artist and songwriter.
What’s next for you?
My debut album! It’s coming out mid-December on Cuculi Records (@cuculirecords), just after a second single, which will be announced soon. I’ve got an album launch gig happening at the Art Club Market in Bristol on Wednesday 15th Dec too – so keep an eye on my socials if you like what you hear!