Anastasia Lang – “Violet In Her Nightgown”


The striking debut single from Anastasia Lang, “Violet In Her Nightgown” enamors in its range of somber strings and energetic guitar pulses alike. The Portland, OR-based artist draws from her life experience thematically here, with lyrics emphasizing the vitality of independence: “You create your reality, your own manifest destiny — you don’t need another soul to take you there.” The qualities of perseverance, strong individuality, and self-love resonate alongside the melodic flurry of guitars and strings.

“Violet, get off the shelf!” the vocals clamor during the stirring rise, exuding a cathartic call to “come back to yourself.” In getting to this resonating point, the track swells with steady momentum. Somber strings fade momentarily in the intro as twangy guitars flourish, coming together amidst a thumping percussive presence before the vocals’ emotive emergence. From there, Lang’s confident lyrical and vocal work proves striking within the standout production.

Lang elaborates further on the track’s creative process and inspiration:

“Violet In Her Nightgown” comes from a time in my life when I found myself being pulled asunder by a person who did not have
good intentions, and I did not love myself or have the strength at the time to pull myself out of it. The song is as if there were some
kind of guardian angel, some kind of higher self, who came to me to tell remind me that the power to get myself out of this is all
mine, and I need to remember to love myself and find strength in that. I did get myself out of that situation, and the only way I could
was through a long process of changing my perspective about who I am and what I truly want in life. It’s still an ongoing process!

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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