Neu Pick: Acre Tarn balances brutality and beauty on ‘Wilderness’

Acre Tarn balances brutality and beauty on ‘Wilderness’

Anna-Louise Etherington’s spectral electro-pop number is today’s Neu Pick.

Every weekday, DIY’s new music know-it-all Neu brings you one essential new release to get obsessed with. Today’s Neu Pick comes from Acre Tarn.

Anna-Louisa Etherington – better known as Acre Tarn – released her ‘Clasp and Honey’ EP, a heady mix of synthpop tunes that had certain echoes of Grimes, a while back. But then, she took some time off, putting Acre Tarn on hold. Luckily, Anna-Louisa is now back, and is more powerful and visceral than ever on her latest single.

At first, ‘Wilderness’ appears to be a fluttering, delicate slice of electronica, with Anna-Louisa’s voice similarly floating off into the clouds. Give it just a little bit of time though and it’s a track that builds in intensity, layering on more menacing, bass-laden synth swirls and crashing drum machines with industrial pulses and hisses. It’s jagged and spectral, getting the balance between brutality and beauty, with Anna-Louisa added more than a bit of fearless menace into the mix.

The sense of eeriness is only heightened by Sasha Denny’s accompanying video, which shows off the slightly creepier side of what might happen if you go down to the woods. There, Anna-Louisa finds herself in the company of a bunch of masked dancers, who swarm around her as she tries to explore the forest.

Watch the video for ‘Wilderness’ below.

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