Erin Anne & Eve Polastri's Last Two Brain Cells


Credit: Alden LoBosco & Madeleine Peters

Today LA-based songwriter & musician Erin Anne is pleased to return with the announcement of her sophomore album, Do Your Worst, to be released on June 10th, 2022 via Carpark Records. Alongside this exciting announcement, Erin has shared her new single “Eve Polastri’s Last Two Brain Cells Have A Debate.” The track is exuberantly catchy, referencing the conflict of identity that perpetually plays tug-of-war within titular Killing Eve character Eve Polastri’s mind, as well as the queer codependency between Polastri and her nuanced ‘nemesis’ Villanelle. The track is accompanied by a video, directed by Ambar Navarro.

Speaking on the track and video, Erin says: "Something I love about ‘Killing Eve’ is its embrace of the messy feedback loop between desire, identification, and utter loathing. That’s an affective triad that is so queer, at least in my experience. In the song and video, I wanted to dramatize the dizzying mental gymnastics of vacillating between what we think we’re supposed to do and what we actually want to do—and then to celebrate the euphoric rush of refusing the conventional path for the one that really lights us up inside, even if it means blowing it all up and starting over again."

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.

TRACKLISTING 1. Monday Feeling 2. Loose Cannon Club 3. Eve Polastri's Last Two Brain Cells Have A Debate 4. Naked Minumum 5. Mirror Mirror 6. Do Your Worst 7. Echo Park 8. Florida 9. This Hungry Body 10. Underground

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