TAKEN FROM THE UPCOMING ALBUM 'DO YOUR WORST' OUT ON CARPARK RECORDS, 10TH JUNE
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In sound “Typhoid Mary” proves a widescreen, technicolor homage to electro-pop, specifically to Norwegian icon Susanne Sundfør. Thematically, it draws from feelings of isolation sparked by systemic prejudice against the LGBTQ community in an eerily prescient (was written before covid) reference to historically renowned asymptomatic Typhoid carrier Mary Mallon, “Typhoid Mary”, who infected dozens with her affliction and was forcibly quarantined for over two decades of her life.
When the whole world collapses around you, sometimes the only thing you can do is stomp it all loose. Erin Anne's second album, the gleaming, electrified Do Your Worst, charts that uninhibited romp through disaster. Written amid the rubble of personal grief and professional disappointment, later exacerbated by the devastation of a global pandemic, the record deepens Erin's venture into the blur between human and machine, adding a new roster of digital instruments to the mix. Drawing on dark, glossy '80s synthpop as well as the unabashed bombast of bands like The Killers, the L.A.-based songwriter deploys a cyborg persona to articulate a feeling of displacement from the world as a queer artist struggling to survive the machinations of late capitalism. With bright, interweaving synthesizers and ripples of Auto-Tuned vocals, Do Your Worst poses a dare to the world: Whatever you have in store, I'll take it standing.
Erin began writing her second album not long after adding a MIDI keyboard and vocal processing hardware to her home studio setup. While exploring her new gear, she found that she could work in the same vein as the artists and producers she loved the most. Do Your Worst takes inspiration from the music of Patrick Cowley, the disco and hi-NRG producer best known for working alongside Sylvester. Erin was taken by Cowley's use of vocoder on the 1982 album Mind Warp, where his distorted vocals create a queer, mutant subjectivity. That album rang out against the cataclysm of the AIDS epidemic; Erin found resonance in Cowley's music during the present-day pandemic. "I have found the most catharsis and the most safety in listening to the music of people in really, really horrific circumstances making something lasting and profoundly beautiful," she says.
1. Monday Feeling
2. Loose Cannon Club
4. Naked Minumum
5. Mirror Mirror
6. Do Your Worst
9. This Hungry Body
11. Typhoid Mary