London born Anna Tosh has been lending her considerable six-string skills to a roster of bands since she was a teenager. Amongst them are, Wildhood, Love Nor Money, Hey Gravity and Shotgun Venus. But with her own collection of self-penned songs demanding attention, it was high time to make her mark as a solo artist. As chance would have it, she already had the assistance of a red-hot rhythm section in waiting; Herman Stephens on bass and Jeremy JayJay on drums.
“My intention for my solo project was simply to write some songs for myself. No boundaries or expectations”, she says. “I was deliberately trying not to think of what anyone else might expect me to do, and chucked the idea of seeming cool out of the window”.
As a musician who has turned her hand to a whole host of styles when performing with others, it was inevitable that disparate influences would shape her songwriting. “My roots are in punk, rock and blues”, she adds, “but I have been playing and listening to hip hop, drum and bass, funk, psychedelia, dream pop, experimental electronica…”. The list goes on.
‘Weightless’ is the first track from Anna’s ‘One Big Fire’ EP, released by espirit de corps this Autumn. Anna Tosh tells of her recurring dream that strengthened the tracks inspirations. In it, she walks across a beach into the sea and is swept away, to a place of aquatic mystery and uncertain companionship. “It’s about returning to the unconscious realm and drifting underwater to meet with lost figures from the past and future”, she says. “It’s about magical transformation”.
The decision to take more control over her own music was part of a reappraisal of her life direction following a break-up. She emerged galvanised and positive, focusing on themes which deal with friends, lovers and an acceptance of the capriciousness of these relationships; “They come and go from one moment to the next. It’s a never ending source of inspiration how weird life is”.