Anna Prior, Thank You For Nothing.

I’ll always welcome reminders of how recordings, by their innate nature, serve as auricular records of the time and place in which they were created. This is thus, as Lisbon-based Anna Prior – best known for providing rhythmic backbone, sat at the back of Metronomy – releases her solo début, Thank You For Nothing, at a time when venturing to previously unexplored places seems a thing of a distant past. Presently, this particular track sits atop what is, by Prior’s standards, a simple reggaeton-type beat, as lyrics of sand and sangría perfectly complement a Balearic feel. But it’s these ebullient, blobby synths – directly reminiscent of The Knife’s Silent Shout – which really buoy the piece, as Prior’s somewhat unsuspecting vocal quietly “climb[s] into the caves of [your] heart.” A startling introduction; a Smash Hit; a timely moment’s escape from changeable meteorological conditions (h) and ‘traffic light’ travel systems (a), and a window into another world therefore. So thanks are undoubtedly due for all of this.

Thank You For Nothing is available now, via Anna Prior’s very own Beat Palace Records imprint.