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Anya Skidan
psychedelic diamond
by: Mike Levine (@goldnuggets) - December 7, 2012

 



Anya Skidan is a young Brooklynite unafraid to throw herself decidedly at life's shadows, attempting to illuminate some psychedelic light over her settings. Haunted with emotion, her voice floats over a layer of sparse, dreamy tracks. In the first song off of her LP 'Shine the Brightest,' her raw, natural voice has an eerie vibe reminiscent of a darker Kimya Dawson. The track, 'Spiritual,' sets an interesting tone for the whole album, and showcases Skidan's knack for portraying deep emotions over drastic conditions. "Hidden Treasures" and 'Soft and Gentle' have a more up-tempo feel, while 'Summer is Gone' sounds like some kind of nightmarish litany where the singing-in-the-round technique is used, in conjunction with a an arrangement full of malletism, ukeleles, and who knows what elseÉ the track makes the loss of the warm season seem that much more serious. This is a brooding artist, with music that will haunt you and your shadows long after the first listen.

Is there a psychedelic music scene happening in Russia?

I'm not sure, but there are shamans in Siberia and that's pretty psychedelic.

How did your education at Baruch help your lyrics?

I was studying journalism and creative writing at Baruch, I've been really inspired by Hunter S Thompson's work. It helped me to explore and adopt Gonzo approach to my lyrics, where you have to experience everything you write about. I think it keeps on on track when it comes to honesty of your work, you gotta be transcending truth through your art or else it's not real. And of course, reading a massive amount of literature can't harm your writing.

You play a bunch of instruments (from piano, to voice to uekelele) is there a particular instrument you feel most comfortable on?

I've been playing classical piano my entire life, hence I feel most comfortable on it. Whatever instrument I can play blindfolded or in an altered state of mind, I consider a mastered instrument. As a musician, I strive to eventually learn every instrument there is on this planet, including the ancient ones.

Tell me about your new EP, what can I expect?

We just recorded 3 new tracks at Bunker Studio in Williamsburg with the guys in my band. We haven't been playing together for that long as a band but do have a great chemistry, so this is the first release of our work together. All 3 tracks are completely different stylistically. One is an old time New Orleans style blues track, one is a dub reggae tune and one beautiful psychedelic whimsical song. I love the way it's coming out. To be released in the beginning of October! I've just discovered that I have over 300 rough tracks in my laptop library, so when the budget is there, we will cut a full length record. But in the meantime, the world can enjoy this 3 song release )

So tell me, what was the last dream/nightmare you've had?

I've had a flying dream recently. I was a fairy, teleporting from one place to another. There was a lot of light, nirvana and everything seemed possible.



 
 
" I've been really inspired by Hunter S Thompson's work. It helped me to explore and adopt Gonzo approach to my lyrics, where you have to experience everything you write about. "




Anya Skidan
"Indigo Child"




what it is

Brooklyn-based psych-folk/Spiritual Wanderlust For those who like: Vashti Bunyan, Regina Spektor, Emily Greene




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