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Anika: Anika

Stones Throw



Portishead mastermind Geoff Barrow's role in this debut from icy crooner Anika is a bit curious, as a childlike bass and drum droll carves out a cover of '60s teen-tragedy classic "Terry." There's a patchwork of obvious musical references at work here: Anika's deadpan voice is a spot-on Nico stunt double, and the whole thing sounds like a lost ESG B-side. Channeling these elements through a cover-heavy set culminates in a patchwork of dub, minimalism and girl-group dreariness. There's a lot of dark matter and open space billowing inside renditions of Yoko Ono's "Yang Yang," Skeeter Davis' "End of the World" and Bob Dylan's "Masters of War." Originals such as "Officer Officer" and "No One's There" weave into one dark swath of aural primitivism. In a twisted, post-modern way, this record isn't all that different from a Portishead album, if Portishead recorded some basic demos in the garage. (3 out of 5 stars)

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