Anna Weatherup first came to the public’s attention via The Voice, Australia. For many artists, the effects of such an experience can be overwhelmingly positive, and for others it leads them down that strange road of reflection and career recalibration; which can be equally positive, if not more so.
Anna Weatherup has no doubt gone through such a period and the results of these inner travels are evocatively defined on her new single's Climb & Little Bluebird. Taken from her forthcoming album Crossing the Sea, Climb is an alt-pop rock gem, an expansive aural interpretation of struggle and fortitude, with Anna’s persuasive vocal performance at the helm. Little Bluebird has also beed described as "inviting and introspective, haunting and comfortable, with alt-country leanings,
Little Bluebird’s origins are as honest and engaging as the song itself".
Both releases, Climb & Little Bluebird are an exploration of self-belief, renewal, and positivity concealed amid the tumbling rhythms of fiery guitar lines and ecclesiastical background vocals. And the direct
fearless nature of the lyrics are a darker element which is much
Photo by Leanne Hanley. 2019.
harder to define; a kind of teeming force that propels this track forward without dragging it into the dust of indifference and defeat
It does what all good records do; weaving simplicity out of the greys and subtleties of complexity, revealing an ambiguity at the heart of all such meditations of self-assessment. Anna’s voice is the pivotal element here, utilising a tone that is deftly restrained while maintaining a piercing dynamism.
Another thing a good record can do is transport the listener to a parallel universe. It is in these other realms that abstract conjurations of music where the real possibilities for redemption and deliverance lie and Climb certainly delivers a promise of exposing such a realm to the attentive listener.
Written by Vince Leigh, BMA mag. 2020