Boomkat Product Review:
Violist extraordinaire Anni Rossi makes her debut for 4AD, compiling tracks from early limited releases and MySpace for a showcase of her quirky songwriting talents. In a live environment Rossi performs by plucking and scraping away at her instrument, simultaneously singing and stomping her feet to beat out a rhythm. That approach forms the basis of these songs, which although slightly augmented by one or two other instruments (a little clarinet and organ here and there - maybe even some actual bass and drums) remain essentially very streamlined and idiosyncratic with a particular focus on the exuberant vocal delivery, which at times makes Joanna Newsom sound restrained. A fine set of songs, all beautifully and understatedly arranged, but perhaps most importantly, within the space of just six songs Rossi manages to establish herself as a distinctive new voice in American songwriting.