- 29 Apr 21
Berlin-based Annika Henderson (Anika) shares an unexpected single alongside a new music video.
After leaving the world hungry for almost a decade, Anika has declared her return as a solo artist with the release of a new single, ‘Finger Pies’.
Known for her avant-garde synth works and obscure lyrics, the musician won't leave fans disappointed with the long-awaited track. Set against low bass and drum, the cold spoken word contains Anika's unmistakable vocals, which add to the cut's enigmatic atmosphere.
Inspired by various art forms, the cinematic music video is reminiscent of Jim Jarmusch’s Limits of Control, featuring Anika walking bizarrely empty streets. It transmits the ambiguity of the world the protagonist finds herself in, as she searches for answers.
"A song that never had a name, like an artist that never had a face," Anika offers by way of explanation. "Caught between roles, a jack of all trades, she slips between your fingers like a moment that never was, or was it? So many faces tailored to a myriad of occasions. Walls built between ourselves and the outside world. For protection. Passes grant access to another level. So where are you at? Those with all the keys, please remember, access comes with responsibility. Yet responsibility has been lost, like tissue paper in the rain, a battle without rules, to save face, exploit weakness, to save getting slayed, by the faceless generation. Welcome to the world of ‘Finger Pies’."
Anika started her career in political journalism, but shortly found herself inclined toward artistic writing. Working with and learning from fellow musicians like Michael Rother (Neu!) and EASTER, she found her own unique voice and promptly gained recognition in the electronic music scene.
Anika’s debut LP, produced by Geoff Barrow (Portishead), was released in 2010. It notably included a cover of The Kinks’ famous ‘I go to sleep’, which was later featured in the Netflix series Russian Doll. Since then, she has focused on her band Exploded View. They released a self-titled album in 2016, and their sophomore studio album, Obey, in 2018.
Watch ‘Finger Pies’ directed in collaboration with Sven Gutjahr below.