I will be releasing my new album, The Lonely Cry of Space and Time, on April 28, 2017. I am turning to you: friends, fans, and strangers alike. Don't see a reward? Let me know, and I'll get it posted.
THE LONELY CRY KICKSTARTER
Supporting John Doe
Anna’s pleased to be supporting John Doe and Excene this Friday, November 4th at the Haunt in Ithaca, NY. It will be a rare solo-electric show.
Johnny Dowd Band
Johnny Dowd and the Sex Robots have made it home from their month-long tour of Europe and the UK. While several Robots returned a bit worse for the wear (myself included) it was nothing that a 2 week dose of antibiotics couldn’t handle. You can see some great video footage from the tour here: LIVE IN ZEIST and here: “THE LONELY CRY OF SPACE AND TIME”. (Thanks Jos Goverde for the videos). You can also see our journey at Johnny’s website. Photo by Ganesh van Boggelen.
The Lonely Cry of Space and Time, a stunning new album by musical shape-shifter Anna Coogan, is for those unafraid to steep themselves in heart-wrenching honesty and to contemplate our place in the universe. She sings about the rising oceans, seeking other worlds, collateral damage, and how we sink or swim together.
An anxious darkness that has followed Coogan throughout her life is reflected in her powerful guitar playing, balanced with hope, light and beauty in operatic interludes and optimistic lyrics. On the title track, she celebrates one of the more hopeful news stories of 2016—the detection of gravitational waves:
The rolling waves receding from
The darkest star still reeling from
The dawn of time, the dark begets the light…
So here we are, we’re listening
The Lonely Cry of Space of Time is the result of a spirited and longtime collaboration between Anna Coogan and drummer Willie B (Brian Wilson). Wilson has toured with Neko Case, Jamie Lidell, and Johnny Dowd, among others. He merges ferocious energy with a deft touch that pushes Coogan to the outer edges of her musical creativity.
After composing several original scores for historic silent films in their hometown of Ithaca, NY, the duo began layering operatic vocals and ethereal guitar over aggressive drums and synthesizers—moving into uncharted waters that blur the lines between opera, film noir, and rock. Their live performances have been described as “enthralling, beguiling” by the Rheinische Post (Dusseldorf) and simply, that they “blew away the crowd” by thterrortime.com.
Coogan’s edgy and engaging live performances have been hailed as a “festival highlight” by The Times of London and “glorious” by Glasgow Metro. Boston born and classically trained in Austria, she spent her twenties in Seattle, busking among fishmongers in Pike Place Market before filling larger venues in the region. Her music has been featured on ABC TV, KEXP, the BBC, RTE 1 (Irish National Radio), and WDR 4 (Cologne, Germany). After her move to New York state in 2011, she co-wrote and toured a record with JD Foster (Calexico, Patty Griffin), and joined Americana-punk veteran Johnny Dowd on recent albums in addition to live performances at Lincoln Center and throughout Europe.
Anna Coogan and Willie B will release The Lonely Cry of Space and Time on April 28, 2017.
The lonely cry of space and time