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Reflection Of Youth Limited Red 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl LP


Label: Big Dada
Release Date: 03 November 2017
Format: LP Vinyl

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EERA Reflection Of Youth Limited Red 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl LP

Before she moved to the UK from Norway to pursue a career in music, Anna Lena Bruland's grandfather - a renowned conductor who travelled the world with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in the 1950s and 60s - used to warn her against becoming a musician. "He had five sons and they were all very musically talented," remembers Anna Lena, "but they all grew up to be doctors and vets and bankers because my grandfather always told them, 'Never become a musician. It's too hard.' He wouldn't allow it." His granddaughter, however, wasn't so easily deterred. "People sometimes ask, 'Why did you decide to become a musician?', but I've never sat down and decided that. It's just something that you need to get out and share with the world. I had to be a musician because there's nothing else I could do." Her debut album as EERA underlines just why that was the case. 'Reflection of Youth' is a record that exists in those dark spaces where our deepest fears and insecurities are hidden from the eyes of others, thrown open for all to see - a brave, candid and uncompromising album about finding purpose from confusion and strength in your weaknesses. If she set out to achieve anything, says Anna Lena, "it was to make an incredibly honest record that would give people a real sense of who I am. I think it's important to be vulnerable, to not be afraid of showing emotion and be open about it with the people around you. We all face problems in our lives, so why not meet them head-on?" Though she was writing songs almost from the moment she first arrived in the UK, Anna Lena spent most of the next few years as a hired hand in other people's bands, culminating in a three-year stint playing synths with fellow Norwegian artist Farao. Eventually, however, "I started getting itchy feet and wanting to do my own thing. I loved Farao's music, but she's very much in the synth world, and I liked loud guitars." Taking her musical cues from the likes of Portishead, Deerhoof, Elliot Smith and Jeff Buckley, in 2015 she hooked up with the producer and musician Nick Rayner (A.K.A Farewell J.R.) to record the songs that would form the basis of last year's much-acclaimed 'EERA' EP, whose eerie, atmospheric sound earned favourable comparisons to Sharon Van Etten and Cat Power. "I had no expectations, I just thought, 'Let's just see how this goes,' and it kind of snowballed from there," she explains. "Nick is the one who got EERA out of me - when I went into the studio, the songs were just guitar and vocals, very singer-songwritery arrangements, but he came in and was like, 'Right, what can we do with this?' The sound of EERA came from us exploring those songs together." With 'Reflection of Youth', which was recorded again with Rayner on a working dairy farm deep in the wilds of Pembrokeshire in West Wales as well as in his home studio in West Cork, Ireland - that sound has already evolved into something rawer, rockier and noticeably angrier than her debut E.P.- less Lana del Rey, more PJ Harvey. "It was really odd experience to listen back to the record and realise what I'd made," says Anna Lena. "I was surprised by how different, how much more powerful, it felt from the EP. Those songs sounded like I was quietly knocking on the door, trying to get in, whereas the album feels like I'm stepping through it." You'll probably feel a lot of things when you listen to 'Reflection of Youth'. Perhaps you'll recognise mistakes you've made, destructive urges and desires you've given in to, abysses you've pulled back from. Its ten songs were largely composed in the small hours of the night and are arguably best experienced in that context, when soul-searching and introspection come naturally. For Anna Lena, however, 'Reflection of Youth' is a document of a tumultuous chapter in her life that - to paraphrase one of the record's most euphoric tracks - she survived.

Featured Tracks:
1. Living
2. Beast
3. Christine
4. I Wanna Dance
5. Survived
6. 10 000 Voices
7. Watching You
8. Trust
9. 9, Wise Man
10. Reflection of Youth
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