Chop Shop/Atlantic recording artist Anya Marina has announced the release of her new album â€œFELONY FLATSâ€ on Valentineâ€™s Day, February 14th, 2012. â€œFELONY FLATSâ€ â€“ which follows 2009â€™s acclaimed label debut, â€œSLOW & STEADY SEDUCTION: PHASE IIâ€ â€“ marks a major leap forward for the Portland, Oregon-based singer/songwriter. The self-produced album sees Marina joined by some of the Pacific Northwestâ€™s finest musicians, including guitarist Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers, Telekinesis), bassist Jeff Bond, drummer Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse, Mister Heavenly), and Blitzen Trapperâ€™s Eric Earley, who contributes additional piano and guitars. Highlighted by songs such as â€œNotice Meâ€ and â€œYou Are Invisible,â€ â€œFELONY FLATSâ€ is both richly textured and deeply personal, a remarkable musical journey chronicling loss and love in all their many permutations.
â€œIf albums are like children, this one is my favorite (donâ€™t tell the others),â€ Marina says. â€œItâ€™s the one I put the most heart and soul into. Itâ€™s the one that taught me the most about myself, and itâ€™s the one that looks most like me.â€
Though born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Cupertino, California, Anya Marina first made waves after relocating to sunny San Diego, renowned as a musical hub city for aspiring singer/songwriters. After earning applause as one of Southern Californiaâ€™s most talented young artists, Anya was personally signed to Chop Shop Records by label founder Alexandra Patsavas, famed music supervisor for such films and TV shows as Twilight, Gossip Girl, and Grey’s Anatomy.
Produced by Louis XIVâ€™s Brian Karscig and Spoonâ€™s Britt Daniel, â€œSLOW & STEADY SEDUCTION: PHASE IIâ€ arrived in January 2009 and proved a tightly honed collection of winking pop gems and slyly sexy rock â€˜nâ€™ roll, the ideal showcase for Marinaâ€™s deft melodic sensibility and striking vocal stylings. The albumâ€™s lead single/video, â€œMove You,â€ received extensive radio play as well as significant rotation on mtvU, MTV2â€™s Subterranean, MTV.com, AOL Music, and LOGO. The track also earned a prestigious â€œBest Songâ€ trophy at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards.
â€œSLOW & STEADY SEDUCTION: PHASE IIâ€ also received copious critical commendation, including a full-page â€œBreaking Outâ€ feature in Spin. Filter praised the album as â€œa playfully rhythmic and melodic collection of thought-provoking pop tunes that present a matured songwriter with a bit of edge,â€ while Marie Claire hailed Anya for â€œ(salting) her cutesy pop with conspiratorial whispers, cooing around hurdy-gurdy rhythms.â€ â€œThis lady really is a vamp,â€ declared People, â€œseducing you with a sultry mix of pop, folk, blues, jazz, even bossa nova â€“ and a Lolita-like voice that brings to mind a naughty Corinne Bailey Rae.â€
Marina quickly followed â€œSLOW & STEADY SEDUCTION: PHASE IIâ€ with a slyly provocative cover of T.I.â€™s â€œWhatever You Like,â€ which was included on a 2009 episode of Gossip Girl. The track spent nearly two weeks atop iTunesâ€™ â€œTop Alternative Songsâ€ chart, with sales now in excess of 100,000. The â€œWhatever You Likeâ€ companion video clip became a YouTube favorite, earning close to 2.5 million views at Anyaâ€™s official channel, www.youtube.com/user/anyamarinamusic.
2009 also saw Marinaâ€™s starkly beautiful â€œSatellite Heartâ€ featured on the RIAA-certified platinum â€œTHE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON â€“ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK.â€ The inspired â€œTiny Stars Remixâ€ of the track (by Interpolâ€™s Samuel Fogarino) was later included on Marinaâ€™s 2010 EP, â€œSPIRIT SCHOOL.â€ The self-produced digital release found Anya further spreading her creative wings on such new songs as the gritty â€œWhatsitâ€ (featuring The Dandy Warholsâ€™ Courtney Taylor-Taylor).
A provocative and gifted live performer, Marina has toured nearly non-stop throughout her career, both as headliner as well as in tandem with such artists as Jason Mraz, Spoon, Joshua Radin, Eric Hutchinson, Chris Isaak, Paolo Nutini, Emiliana Torrini, The Virgins, Greg Laswell, Jenny Owen Youngs, Steve Poltz, Rhett Miller, The Plain White Tâ€™s, The Dandy Warhols, and Tristan Prettyman.
Marina has also made a series of high-profile TV appearances, including stellar live performances on ABCâ€™s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The WB.comâ€™s Rockville, CA. Whatâ€™s more, Anyaâ€™s music has been featured in a wide array of TV series, including ABCâ€™s Greyâ€™s Anatomy, CBSâ€™ How I Met Your Mother, MTVâ€™s The City, Showtimeâ€™s The United States of Tara, and The CWâ€™s 90210 and Privileged. As if that werenâ€™t enough, her songs have also been heard in major advertising campaigns for Frito-Layâ€™s Tostitos and Boyfriend, the popular fragrance from actress Kate Walsh (Private Practice, Greyâ€™s Anatomy).
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