GRAMMY award-winning musician and producer Anna Wise has announced her forthcoming debut album, As If It Were Forever, out October 18 via Alpha Pup Records, along with a new alt-R&B single "Nerve," which was written in a single evening.
Anna Wise shares, "I created 'Nerve' with Jon Bap and Nick Hakim in a single evening in Brooklyn, NY. Sometimes words and melodies flow out so fast, it's best to have all your tools ready to catch the ideas before they leave you and tap on the next person's shoulder. I had all my tools ready that night, and I'm grateful. Lyrically, it's about spring cleaning your relationships and not being afraid of letting go. Typical, I know, but it's a lesson I am still learning."
As If It Were Forever finds Anna Wise joined by collaborators including: Little Simz, Jon Bap, Nick Hakim, Denzel Curry, Gwen Bunn, Mndsgn, Carter Lang, Jake Sherman, Pink Siifu, Sid Sriram, Jonathan Ellington, Simon Mavin, Paul Bender, Zeke Mishanec, and Dane Orr.
Leading up to this album, Anna Wise released five projects as part of experimental R&B bedroom pop outfit Sonnymoon before independently releasing her debut solo EP, The Feminine: Act 1, in 2016. The EP was met with praise from Pitchfork, The Fader, and more for the confrontational, viral anthem "BitchSlut," while "Precious Possession" scored an unforgettable moment on Netflix's Dear White People. Wise's second EP, The Feminine: Act 2 followed in 2017 to features from NPR and Beats 1, with single "Some Mistakes" hand-picked by Sir Elton John. Shows on Netflix, HBO and OWN have since utilized her contemporary sound. Wise is also a collaborator of Kendrick Lamar, having appeared on each of his projects since Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and received a GRAMMY for Best Rap/Sung Performance for her collaboration with Lamar on "These Walls."
In support of As If It Were Forever, Wise will be bringing her captivating live performance to New York City and Atlanta this fall.
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It's generating a huge response, scoring a total of 93 points in meta-critics. AllMusic described the album as "a record that has complex content but is easily and confidently delivered with lyrics and a combination of jazz throngs and exquisite rhythms," and NME gives it a perfect score of five, describing it as a completely flawless record. A record that doesn't always fall on this year's list of albums of 2018 released by many media outlets. jwsmusic
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Aromanticism is an alluring project, both gentle and powerful. Filled with lush soundscapes, tender lyrics and ethereal melodies, this album is fresh and dripping with sensuality. Sumney’s haunting voice cuts beautifully as it moves throughout each song. A lovely work. Eso