August 6th marks the long anticipated release of Anna Rose’s sophomore effort, Behold A Pale Horse. As the follow up to her critically well-received debut, Nomad, Pale Horse is more than a sonic departure from her debut, it reveals Menken’s personal and artistic growth. After hearing the album, you get the sense of her being a complex, interesting woman — the sort of woman who can kick ass and take names, while being seductive, tough while being sensitive, wizened through experience, and yet youthful, and almost innocent.
Instead of the typical singer/songwriter mold, the material is more of a bluesy, dusty rock, which owes a debt to the classic rock of artists like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and others – it’s quite fitting for the diminutive singer with the gigantic voice. Album title track “Behold A Pale Horse” is a perfect song for hitting the road for a lengthy road trip.
The gorgeously shot video was shot in the Welsh mountains and the imagery of the video manages to tie in with the album cover art, and it gives you a sense of the windswept beauty of that particular part of the world.