Zita cita Erykah Badu como uma de suas principais influências, mas muito além da conexão com Erykah, a sonoridade de Anne Shirley Supersad paira acusticamente por entre um folk dark e o slowcore, tons melancólicos ecoam por entre as canções, mas uma suave sensação de leveza e candura é sentida intimamente.
Música delicada e sensível, que, infelizmente, poucos terão o prazer de saborear.
***** Interview with Anne Shirley Supersad *****
Q: When did Anne Shirley Supersad begin? Tell us about the history...
ASS.: I wrote my first song which was Don't Talk in 2016, after my aunt's death. That was a hard period for my family and me, especially my mother. I was the only one in my close family who could comfort her but because of that i repressed my real sadness and it became a serious anxiety. I wrote this song to ease the pain. The other songs just came up with the happenings in my life. I wrote my thesis and my topic influenced these songs and i broke up with my boyfriend, then had a new one and broke up with him and got depressed (good news, we've been a couple for more than a year now) .. Most of the songs are about him. Being deep in the shitriver gave me an extra power and inspiration to write these songs.
Q: Who are your influences?
ASS.:To be honest at first when i came up with idea of a solo album i wanted to make something rnb and soul influenced like Erykah Badu or Georgia Anne Muldrow but life gave another shape to it. I don't think about aesthetic things i just grab my guitar and sing and then do nothing with the songs just add more vocal layers. And i listened to Inti Illimani which is closer to the music i can make than soul music. After i finished the album i realized how much it shows from all the similar music i like, like Devendra Banhart, early Animal Collective or the choir pieces i sang when i was a child.
Q. Make a list of 5 albuns of all time…
ASS.: Well. I dont know. I can't tell one album that i like from the beginning to the end. I always listened to the songs as just songs and not as parts of an album. I know that most music fans think that the measurement rate is the album but not for me. There are always one or two songs on every album that i dont have the patience for, that i dont like, so I just skip them. But if i really had to pick some i would say:
Somethin' Else by Cannonball Adderley,
IV by Badbadnotgood,
Baduizm (live) by Erykah Badu,
Rejoicing in the Hands by Devendra Banhart,
Feels by Animal Collective
and the Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd. (I know this is already six
Q. How do you feel playing live?
ASS.:It's hard but good. I asked our synth player, Emma Nagy (who studies jazz singing btw) from my other band (Mayberian Sanskülotts) to perform these songs with me so they almost sound the same live as recorded.
Q. How do you describe Anne Shirley Supersad sounds?
ASS.:For me it's sounds like songs in a funny and sad dream performed by a choir of magical narwhals
Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
My boyfriend asked one of our friends Domokos Lázár to help me with the recording. He came to our place, brought some microphones and stuff i sat on a chair in the middle of the room and played all the songs two or three times in the same sequence as they are in the album. I used my first guitar what i got as a present from my godfather when i was twelve. Its a simple nylon string guitar. I prefer the nylon stringed ones because they sound so soft. I sang and played the guitar at the same time so the songs doesn't sounds perfect but we wanted to imitate the feeling when you're singing alone and some ghosts come and sing with you in your room. After we were ready with the songs we recorded the vocal layers and that's all.
Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
Huh. Hm. Yesterday i heard this superhot Marlon Williams guy, and i listened to his new album two times already and last weekend i was in prague on a minitour with Zombie Girfriend (great hungarian band) and i heard a band called 7/9 and i liked it.
Q: Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
For our first official Anne Shirley gig we covered two songs by Erykah Badu and it was such fun to sing and play them so something like this but I always loved to make covers of anything.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
I want to be famous and rich. (Hehe) and i wanna improve my vocal skills and wanna be a better (or a good) musician.
Q: Any parting words?
I don't know. Thank you for reaching out to me. It's really touching.