• anni rossi Heavy Meadow (CD, £11.25)

    label: 3 Syllables

    Heavy Meadow marks a new era for Anni Rossi; one that finds her transformed from indie-ingénue to a songwriter that is more steadfast and self-assured than ever. Rossi is leading a full band for the first time (including longtime collaborator, drummer Devin Maxwell), but despite the new abundance of players, the album retains a light, minimalist pop sound, made even more alluring by Rossi’s controlled vocal delivery. The songs themselves are equally whimsical and intelligent, finding Rossi putting her spin on a host of different styles from garage rock (“Land Majestic”) to hip hop (“The Fight”) without ever going off the mark or losing sight of her artistic vision. It’s a fully realised collection of songs that will undoubtedly stand the test of time, and prove to be another linchpin in Rossi’s emerging career.

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