Jan 13, 2011
While this negative sounding introduction to Anika might make you stray away from her creativity, I still suggest giving it a quick listen. The first track titled “Terry” (a remake from ‘60’s UK pop star Twinkle) reminded me of something off the soundtrack for Napoleon Dynamite so, naturally, I continued to listen to track after track. I’ve learned to appreciate the sounds of the band that resembles a record set on reverse and set to a nowhere near light speed setting. There’s additions of exaggerated echoes and twings and twangs that don’t seem to mesh-well together (and let’s not forget the non-existent singing on key), but put all of these characteristics into a cauldron, turn up the flame, open your mind, and slowly swallow these sour ingredients.
Anika (which is comprised of lead singer Anika and the members of Bleak) might not be a royal flush, but it's a great example of people who are trying to create art in unthinkable ways; even if it might be a little harsh to your ears.