Helsinki based songstress Anni’s latest release Redemption Street is one of the most ethereal pieces of music you’ll hear in a long time. Her talent is obvious and uniqueness and inspiration from her homeland is not only apparent, but refreshing and enlightening.
The lyrics in this five-track EP are heart-wrenching and beautifully honest. There are few who are as poignant as Anni when she presents themes of self discovery, passion, and growth in her music. Her music is unapologetically truthful, teeming with a sense of hope, like a conversation with a good friend, as in the track “If You Would Know Me Now” featuring fellow Finn Boy with Strings:
Now I see clearly. It was always me. So full of anger, nothing was easy, no. I’ve changed, yeah, for the better.
The instrumentation is a mixture of synths and beats and delicate piano. Each beat is atmospheric and transcendent, a great rhythm to close your eyes and sway to. They are as equally empathetic and authentic as her lyricism.
Anni had this to say about the EP:
It’s an anthem to the future generation to be themselves and accept whatever imperfections and scars they might have in life. Once you choose to step into the path of authenticity, you walk through a mental pitch black where you are confronting everything about yourself you have been hiding and denying in order to fit in and be liked… At the end of this dark journey, is the most awesome life you can imagine. For me, that journey was Redemption Street.
Anni did not even have to tell us these facts about the music for listeners to immediately immerse into it.