London-based songwriter Anna Vincent’s new single, “Thin Skin” shines with a tinge of warm melancholia.
Vincent will be releasing her debut album Under The Glass on October 29 through Max Bloom of Yuck’s label, Ultimate Blends. A veteran of the UK touring circuit, Vincent has spent the past 20 years in various projects including My Tiger Timing and Heavy Heart before more recently becoming a touring member of Happyness.
As so many others, her life was thrown in disarray due to the pandemic and Vincent returned to her home, huddled with a record collection to dig into with nothing but time. In this moment she found herself rediscovering her love for vintage folk from the late 60s and early 70s, artists such as Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne who’s genius is their vulnerability amid a backdrop of sparse instrumentation.
“Thin Skin” is built on this foundation, Vincent adding a colorful canvas to song fragments she began writing in late 2019. Vincent’s brooding vocal sits atop a whirling array of kinetic guitars and syncopated drums that counterbalance the many moods that weave through the track. A melodious track that swoons with passion as Vincent’s lyrics reflect on the confusing signals love can dish out and the instability that surrounds relationships.
“It’s a song about worrying, and about how the outside world can upset the harmony and security of our lives. I wrote this a few months into the pandemic, and it’s about a growing agoraphobia and paranoia I was feeling after spending so much time at home,” writes Vincent. “I got to the point where I loved my little bubble so much and I resented anything which tried to break into it or bring about change. It’s also an apology to my boyfriend about the ways my insecurities tend to manifest.”
Anna Vincent crafts a track imbued with honesty and self reflection with poise.
Watch the video for “Thin Skin,” premiering below.