Over the course of past six years, New York-based singer/songwriter Anna Rose has developed a growing national profile with the release of a self-titled EP and two full-length efforts, Nomad and Behold A Pale Horse — and whereas both the self-titled EP and Nomad were mostly acoustic-leaning singer/songwriter efforts, Behold A Pale Horse was a both a change of sonic direction and a bold, brassy announcement of an artist, who has finally found her natural and singular artistic voice. Of course, if you’ve been frequenting this site over that period, you’d likely be familiar with the New York-based singer/songwriter as she has been a JOVM mainstay since the site’s earliest days.
Slated for release this Spring, Strays In The Cut EP is the long awaited follow-up to Behold A Pale Horse and the EP reportedly has the New York-based singer/songwriter pushing her musical and songwriting boundaries. As Anna Rose explains in press notes “I am very much an album artist and a storyteller, so the idea of scaling it all back to the size of an EP was a challenge in itself. It forced me to look at the songs in a different way, the production, everything. These six songs needed to tell the whole story. The limitations I placed on the length made the process so much more imaginative in every other aspect.” “Start A War,” Strays In The Cut‘s first single possesses a somewhat stripped down, country and blues-leaning arrangement that’s roomy enough for Rose’s unhurried and expressive vocals. It’s a slow-burning and spectral ballad full of lingering ghosts of past relationships and lovers, past resentments and a past that routinely finds a way to poke its way through your present at a random moment — often to remind you that your past is inescapable. And in many ways the song and its introspective narrator convey a quiet sense of acceptance mixed with regret and pride.
The recently released music video follows an every day corporate office drone as he gets laid off. Walking around Lower Manhattan in a daze while he holds his meager work possessions in a box. During the video his face is dabbed with white and black paint; in some way, it looks like he’s being purified — with the man slowly regaining his humanity and decency back at the end.