⊞ Warped Window ⊞
Anyone listening to ‘Warped Window‘ by Anna-Mieke for the first time will undoubtedly have feelings of hearing a really special talent in its infancy. Just like we all did when we first heard ‘Linger’ by the Cranberries; this is a voice that will change lives!
The soft, understated ‘Warped Window‘ offers a simpler song construction, with an Americana feel to it, and is the perfect foil for the title track that follows..
Contemporary shades of folk where the spaces between sounds and vocals play as much part as the notes themselves. Superb arrangements of gentle guitar strums and pickings, sombre cello drones, atmospheric synths and hushed background vocals. The instrumentation, enlisted in a solely harmonic capacity, support Anna Mieke’s impeccable vocals.
This song is quite ethereal and possibly even Lo-Fi in a poetic Irish kind of way.. We insist that you take time out of your hectic day to actually listen to every word, note and chord progression without any distractions.
Mieke’s lyrics are poetic and abstract throughout the record. Their minimal nature inviting the listener to decipher their undoubtedly personal nature. while allowing for a particular vagueness, thus enables you to attach your own interpretation to her songs.
It’s all too easy to file this track and for that matter, the album, under Folk; it is, but there’s so much more here in the way Mieke creates her compositions!
Indeed, Idle Mind is not just a stunning debut record, nor is it just an amazing Irish record; it’s a record that proves Anna-Mieke to be one of the most promising artists on the Irish independent sphere.
A mature musician and songwriter whose work deserves to be heard far and wide..
RIYL: Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, Stina Nordenstam, Delores O’Riordan (The Cranberries)