Anna Meredith – “Taken” (Stereogum Premiere)

Anna Meredith - "Taken" (Stereogum Premiere)

Scotland’s Anna Meredith is not just a solo artist, she’s a legit composer. Her synth-heavy, genre-averse work plays with texture, repetition and syncopation in a way that harkens back to modern pioneers Philip Glass and Steve Reich, but simplified and made accessible by several degrees. Meredith formerly worked as a composer in residence at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and released two EPs through Moshi Moshi Records in recent years, 2012’s Black Prince Fury and 2013’s Jet Black Raider. Her 2012 standout single, “Nautilus,” featured a blaring ascension of trumpet synth-patterns that was all parts magnetic, giddy and nightmarish. And now her debut album, Varmints, is finally coming out in March. Lead single “Taken” evokes a clear sense of triumph, like she’s burst out of the darkness and is now vanquishing her foes one by one. With flickering arpeggios of guitars and speak-sung anthemic vocals, it builds to a steady, exhilarating climax. Listen below.

Varmints is out 3/4 on Moshi Moshi. Pre-order it in physical and digital formats.