The fabled summer sun, the open road, gas prices that are less than astronomicalit all adds up to the temptation of a road trip. Anni Rossi
's new video for "The West Coast" captures that allure perfectly, in hushed golden tones, with slow motion snapshot scenes of looming trucks and the murmur of a distant ocean.
Time slows to a crawl and speeds up into a frenzy of blurring lights to capture the distorted anachronisms that crop up when you're stuck in a car for countless hours. Rossi's lilting voice lazes with all the unhurried splendor of cloud formations in the distance but her viola informs you of the speed limit, and what lies beyond it. The song itself might be a short one, but it's just enough to ignite some Kerouac-style wanderlust and earn itself a place on whatever infinite playlist you craft to accompany you on cross-country misadventures. -Nina Mashurova
Anni Rossi is an American singer, violist and keyboardist from Minnesota. She graduated for the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley. She is notable for her unique style of playing the viola and singing, often at the same time, although her solo records also incorporate elements of electronic music.
Her debut EP Afton, a six track affair consisting of previously released tracks, including 7" single "Wheelpusher", initially released via Too Pure and MySpace previews, was released in October 2008 through 4AD Records. The majority of Afton was recorded at Bomb Shelter Studios, in Los Angeles by Ben Tierney in February, 2006.
Rossi recorded her mini-album, entitled Rockwell with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago. The album was released in March 2009 through 4AD Records. An appearance at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival and a west coast tour followed in late winter/early spring of 2009. In 2009, she also toured with Camera Obscura, the Ting Tings (2008) and Headlights.
Heavy Meadow was initially self released through the iTunes download store in 2010, and was later physically released in May 2011 via UK label 3 Syllables.
On March 5, 2011, MTV Hive posted a streaming link to Anni Rossi performing Rihanna's "Rude Boy". via