Her style has been described as “beatnik cool,” “pop-noir,” and “slightlydelic pop jangle.” Intimate and incisive, Anny’s live shows bring wit, soul and energy to the traditionally mellow singer/songwriter format – and prove that ‘girl-with-guitar’ has no limits.
With the release of Little Black Dress and Other Stories in 2006, Anny Celsi evoked comparisons to artists like Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega and Jackie DeShannon – songwriters distinguished by a literary voice that is every bit as vital to the listener as her singing voice. Little Black Dress established Anny internationally as an artist worthy of a second listen. Her next album, Tangle-Free World, was produced by Nelson Bragg, percussionist/vocalist for The Brian Wilson Band and The Beach Boys and furthered her musical landscape with influences ranging from The Byrds to The Bangles to Burt Bacharach.
Intimate and incisive, Anny’s live shows bring wit, soul and energy to the traditionally mellow singer/songwriter format. She has appeared at Austin’s SxSW Music Festival, International Pop Overthrow (Los Angeles), NxNW Music Festival (Portland) and New Orleans’ LMNOP Festival. In four tours of Europe, she has established a loyal following, headlining a “rolling thunder revue” that has showcased many of the U.K’s best-loved songwriters, including Daniel Wylie, Duncan Maitland and Paul Steel.
Anny’s new self-produced album, January, once again combines Brill Building hooks with a storyteller’s eye for detail. This particular musical journey starts in New Orleans, where a brush with a French Quarter ghost inspires a Motown-esque dusk-to-dawn escapade, complete with stacked horns, handclaps and heart-stomping background vocals. The next track, ‘Travelogue,’ carries us along on a real-life odyssey, a tour gone awry when Anny and Nelson Bragg were waylaid by the infamous ash cloud of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull Volcano and found themselves stranded at Heathrow Airport for five days. The song and storytelling cycle continues with ghosts who haunt the corners of the recording studio, boys who yearn to run away and join the circus and the mystifying shards of our own broken-glass hearts – all woven together into a travelogue of risk, resilience and renewal. While the songs are mostly Anny’s originals, January’s winter landscape is completed by a beautifully haunting cover of an early Steve Forbert classic, “Wait.”
In creating January, Anny has once again called upon the wealth of musical talent that Los Angeles offers. Kevin Jarvis, a well-respected producer/drummer who has played with Ben Vaughn, Shawn Mullins, Lucinda Williams, John Wesley Harding and Grant Lee Phillips, among others, played the drums and served as co-producer. Featured musicians include Kirk Swan (Dumptruck), Carl Byron (Michelle Shocked, Jim Lauderdale), 60’s chanteuse Evie Sands and Paul Lacques (I See Hawks in L.A.), local pop legend Adam Marsland (The Standells, Adam Marsland’s Chaos Band) and Bragg. Anny’s son Ivan Pyzow contributed horn, string and vocal arrangements that are steeped in Motown, New Orleans jazz, and classic pop vocal harmony style – amazingly, for someone just past voting age -- as well as trumpet, piano and that rare blend of voices that can only be found between family members.
This latest flight of songs from Anny Celsi will hook you from the first downbeat, lift you into a swirl of color and harmony and keep you airborne throughout. Where you land...depends on the map you bring.
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