On August 27, acclaimed German-American artist Anja McCloskey releases ‘Instigate It’, the fourth single from her debut album ‘An Estimation,’ out September 3.
The lead single ‘Instigate It,’ which Anja calls her ‘funeral song,’ features a simple warm video, shot indoors during a rainstorm. “It’s upbeat, but it is a farewell song, with devastating lyrics which have a lot of personal meaning to me.”
Ambitiously ‘Instigate It’ will also come with five different B Sides, to be released weekly in the month prior to release. Anja has enrolled friends and label mates to each contribute a remix or cover of the track, which includes interpretations from Etao Shin, Johnny5thWheel&thecowards, The Middle Computer, Lonely Joe Parker and rude_NHS. Each track will be premiered on Anja’s facebook page.
Built around Anja’s trademark accordion, the album ‘An Estimation’ embodies elements of folk, classical, alternative and traditional music. “Not all my songs are intrinsic personal stories, but the emotions are personal. I am most alive when I feel, so I tend to be either extremely happy or very down when I write my songs. That’s definitely reflected in my music.”
Anja is already a relative veteran of the music scene, having gained a raft of experience playing with avant-garde performance orchestra The Irrepressibles and folk-rock trailblazers Haunted Stereo (also on Sotones),with whom she composed ‘Cross the Sea,’ another Q Magazine Track of the Day, before going solo in 2010. “It’s been extremely liberating,” says Anja. “The dynamics in a band are very different. I can now be my own boss and live out my unstoppable German energy, crazy schedules and organisation attacks!”