Discovery: Anya Marina

Anya Marina is an American singer songwriter whose new track Shut Up caught my ear.

By Graeme Smith

The track is taken from her forthcoming album Live and Alone in New York, recorded in the Rockwood Music Hall in December 2019. The live rendition gives Shut Up a real sense of intimacy, as if Anya is delivering the instruction in the chorus “shut up, kiss me like you mean it” directly to you.

Anya accompanies herself with minimal electric guitar, giving plenty of space for the lyrics to pour out and the story to expand. It’s a mastery of the understatement and I’m enthralled.

Though new to us, Anya is already building an impressive profile stateside, with appearances on late night TV and placings in shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother.

Check out Shut Up below. The album, Live and Alone in New York, is out on 19 February.