Nashville rock singer-songwriter Liza Anne has been one of my favorite under-hyped talents since her 2018 debut album Fine But Dying. Seeing her open for Kacey Musgraves and hearing her new single “Devotion” last year only increased my admiration. And with today’s new track “Desire,” I’m reminded once more that y’all should really be listening to Liza Anne.
“Desire” is another tightly constructed pop-rock track buoyed by subtly irresistible hooks and layers of tasteful guitar work that exist somewhere between Mark Knopfler and The Bends. Liza Anne grabs your attention quickly with the opening lyric — “I think I’ve kissed too many of my friends to make a sober decision” — and spends the rest of the runtime casually gliding between sighing beauty and impassioned outbursts. In a press release, she explains, “This song is the feeling of having too much of a good thing. It is a reckoning with the responsibility that comes with interacting with people through a period of your own unhealth paired with the hope that you can handle yourself better in your future tomorrows.”
Yesterday, Liza Anne also released a live EP called Devotion: Nashville Strong featuring three performances from her final concert of 2019 at The Basement East, which was destroyed by the tornados that ripped through Nashville earlier this week. All proceeds from the EP benefit Nashville tornado relief. Buy it here, and watch director Josh Gilligan’s “Desire” visuals below.
“Desire” is out now on Arts & Crafts.