[EXCLUSIVE] 3 Things About Anna Of The North That You Need To Know
Anna of the North carries an ethereal vibe — it’s in the way she speaks and in her music. Sometimes she even puts on elf ears to elevate the fantasy. Her first album ‘Lover’ was included in Billboard’s top albums of the decade. “My first album was kinda like the heartbreak, like you give up on everything and there’s no hope,” she explains, but when asked about ‘Dream Girl’ she says it’s the complete opposite. “The Dream Girl album is the moving on album. You’re like I can’t be like this, I have to get up and get on with life. So it’s kinda like more motivating and happy in that way. Feeling wise it’s more inspired by being happier.”
Here’s a few things you need to know about the Dream Girl:
She has a hard time moving on. “I don’t like moving on from things because it’s really scary,” she says. “I love a safe environment where I feel everything has its space. So I had to learn the hard way, that I should explore more. We’ve all had those relationships where we’re so used to it but it’s so bad and we need to get out of them. Yeah, that’s what I struggle with, leaving even though you know it’s the right thing to do.
She thinks loving your own company and manifesting your own future is very important. When Anna compares her two albums, she feels like Dream Girl is the album where she told herself “no more moping, it’s time to get up and go”. “I was in a place where things didn’t necessarily happen but I wanted it to. I wanted my future to be like that, I wanted to handle situations better. And I think today with all the social media, I think it’s really important to talk about things with yourself. ‘Leaning on Myself’ is like an anthem to me. It’s not so much a love song but more like learning to lean on yourself a bit more. I think people need to know that we are alone even though we are together. Like you can’t be anyone else right, so you need to learn to accept you.”
She believes that it’s time for full equality in music festivals. Anna of the North was part of The Alex Blake Charlie Sessions, Singapore’s first full female line-up festival. “First of all, I think it’s really amazing to be here. And I think that it’s really cool, I haven’t seen many of that. People need to look at it (the festival) as an inspiration. I don’t want to go into politics or what all the feminists have been fighting for; I love boys and girls but I think it would be cool for us to go 50/50 for music festivals. We still struggle with that in Norway, they book more boys than girls like that’s still an issue. So it’s cool to be a part of this festival, I think it’s sending a good message.”