Anna Blaise is inspired by people and places. Blaise’s work is nostalgic and brooding, a mix of the romantic and the dark. Expect a fusion of R&B, electronic and alt pop with raw storytelling. Blaise’s voice is her primary instrument, and she also brings in some classically-inclined piano here and there, alongside modern, minimal electronic percussion, synth pads and melodies.
Anna is also one half of electronic pop duo Moodbay who have had their fair share of recent successes, including BBC radio play, big live appearances in the North-East with Metro Radio and are nearing 10k Spotify followers in only a couple of years.
In the artist’s own words: “I am primarily inspired by powerful female artists such as BANKS, Christine & The Queens, Erykah Badu, Lana del Rey, Lykke Li, Anohni, Lorde, Rosie Lowe, Vérité, Grace Jones, Annie Lennox and Kate Bush”.
Anna has recently released a cover of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’, she say’s “I chose to cover Radiohead’s Creep because it’s a gem of a song that has become a modern pop classic. It’s loved by people all over the world, and I know that the lyrics resonate with so many. I love it when music speaks to the masses – and traverses cultural and linguistic barriers in such an emotive way. For me, singing Creep feels very instinctual, visceral even, and I can express myself through my voice in a way that few songs allow me to. I wanted to make my version slower to draw out the mood of the original even more. I have always loved piano and chose to keep this track really simple with just keys and voice. I hope you get it. Love to all the creeps & weirdos”.
It’s not easy to create a cover of a classic track, it’s difficult to create your own sound to a classic track that people will love. I’m not a big fan of covers if I’m being honest but after listening to Anna’s cover, I think I may have to change my mind.
The simple mixture of keys and vocals makes this cover such a magical one to listen to, it will catch your attention and have you completely hooked. Anna’s voice has the ability to sound so powerful without much effort, her voice really suits this style.
This cover may sound simple, but Anna has still managed to add her own unique sound to it and make this cover a great one to listen to. It has an acoustic sorrow sound and is guaranteed to induce tears.
Great cover Anna!
By Ollie Cooper