GRAMMY Award-winning artist Anna Wise collaborates with Austin blues-rock guitarist Jelly Ellington on her debut album As If It Were Forever via Alpha Pup Records. Jelly Ellington's guitar work can be heard on track 10 'Mirror', a song that they co-wrote once upon a SXSW.
As If It Were Forever available HERE
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.
Read more and listen to "Nerve" via The FADER HERE. The single creates a kinetic ode to spring cleaning relationships.
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, Jelly Ellington, Simon Mavin, Paul Bender, Zeke Mishanec, and Dane Orr. Watch the video for the album's first single "What's Up With You?" via Complex HERE.
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."
"A lucid set of dream-pop and R&B designed to uplift the masses" – NPR
"[Wise is] becoming a main-stage attraction in her own right" – Pitchfork
"'The Feminine: Act II,' [is] a curiously inventive work that mixes future-funk, dusty R&B and experimental pop. Like singer-innovators such as Erykah Badu, Dawn Richard and Björk, Wise's best work transcends genre. The only constant? Her willingness to explore the outer edges of contemporary pop music." - LA Times
"New single 'What's Up With You?' and its accompanying video find her going in an entirely new musical and lyrical direction " – Complex
"Music doesn't get any more authentic than Anna Wise" – Paper
"Hypnotic songwriter" - Rolling Stone
"Anna Wise declares the power in womanhood" - The FADER
"Wise continues to demonstrate the high level of her craft and singularity of her vision." – Stereogum
"Anna Wise is trailblazing feminist pop" – Vogue
"Instantly iconic" - Wonderland Magazine
"The visuals synchronizes perfectly with the rising synths and warm brass of the song itself, reflecting the harmony experienced on set between the women." - Consequence of Sound
"Anna Wise, purveyor of damn good music with damn good lyrics and some damn good beats..." – Milk
"Her words are powerful" - Salon