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Posted January 28, 2020 by Mike Mineo in Pop
 
 

Julia Anrather – “Dorothy”

A melodic gem from Julia Anrather, “Dorothy” is about being a romantic in a culture that recently invented the term “ghosting.” The Brooklyn-based artist impressed with November via the track “Opening,” and dazzles again here. The initial sample features Dorothy Parker reading from her poem “One Perfect Rose.” Anrather’s gripping vocals emerge shortly thereafter with hazy keys complementing. The track builds to the strikingly infectious chorus at the one-minute mark, with suave vocals, lively synths, and mellow guitar twangs leading the melodic pull. “Dorothy” is a surefire success from Julia Anrather.

“I was listening to a lot of ‘Masseducation’ and ‘Anti’ when we were working on this tune, so while both I and my co-producer Ryan Dieringer thought we were making an indie rock record, the sound I was looking for wound up being new territory for the both of us,” Anrather says. “”Dorothy” represents a really full and specific collaboration between the two of us, which I’m grateful for.”

“Dorothy Parker got involved when we heard a recording of her reading her poem “One Perfect Rose” and decided that her voice with that eerie 1950s affect and that poem–about tired romantic tropes–made her the perfect hype woman for this song. (A sidebar is that I had to license the recording from the NAACP because she left her estate to Martin Luther King Jr. and, when he was assassinated, it went to the NAACP. I didn’t think anything could make me like Dorothy Parker more but this info definitely did.)”

Look for more material from Julia Anrather soon.

“Dorothy” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2020’ Spotify playlist.

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I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound. I used to write for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].