Anna Leone has announced details for her much-anticipated debut album. Titled I’ve Felt All These Things and co-produced in Los Angeles by Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, Hurray For The Riff Raff), the album will be released on September 10th 2021 via AllPoints/Half Awake.
The news arrives alongside the latest single to be lifted from the album, ‘Remember’, which follows previous tracks ‘Still I Wait’, ‘Once’ and ‘Wondering’…
Speaking about ‘Remember’ – across which Leone’s resonant vocal & lucent finger-picking is elevated by soaring strings and percussion – Anna notes; It deals with the promises we make to ourselves and others, and the way it can be a struggle to hold yourself accountable. It’s also about allowing yourself to be hopeful.
Wanting to navigate her longstanding anxiety and come to terms with her sexuality through her music, Leone decamped to California to make her album with Butler, an encouraging presence throughout. Lifting the sadness and softness of Anna’s songs with analogue synthesisers, samples and spacious guitars, their reference points included Brian Eno’s ambient piano lines and Kate Bush’s ethereal soundscapes. Synthesisers helped take her elsewhere, including the contemporary OP-1 and the ARP 2600 from the 1970s, which Star Wars-obsessive Leone was delighted to discover was used for the voice of R2-D2 (“that was great!”).
At 26 – still shy, but determined to connect, Anna grew up the quietest of five sisters in a suburb of Stockholm. An introverted video game and sci-fi obsessive, Anna fast developed her own rich inner life, absorbed in the storytelling DC and Marvel, an escape she seeks comfort from now. Similarly, Leone bought her first guitar with no other intention beyond privately perfecting treasured releases by the likes of Bon Iver, Lana Del Rey and Laura Marling in her bedroom.
I’ve Felt All These Things explores how we close ourselves off to the world – it’s also an album about how we try and get beyond those inclinations, and how we make it through. Battling against the debilitating stage fright which is still present today, Leone has found a fast-growing international audience which continues to stretch far, far beyond the four walls of her teenage bedroom.