LA Rocker Erin Anne Releases Fuzzy New Single "Gaslighter"
Los Angeles is a sea of sound. There are the people of the pop royalty persuasian, the synth gods lit from within by neon, the hazy bedroom beatmakers, and then there are the rockers. Erin Anne is one of them — a raging, rollicking mastermind on guitar. She’s a shredder, first and foremost, but she’s a witty wordsmith, too.
With only three singles under her belt so far, we’re sort of desperate to hear more from Erin, especially knowing now that she’s capable of these massive walls of in-your-face fuzz and fun. Today, we’re sharing “Gaslighter,” the last single off of her upcoming EP, Tough Love.
“I wrote [‘Gaslighter’] about an emotionally abusive relationship that I was in when I was in my late teens (right after I came out as queer and long before I understood what healthy love could mean), and it's a musical animation of the traumatic oscillations of thought that reverberate in its wake,” Erin tells The Music Mermaid about the new song. “The process of making it was so tender and cathartic for Alex [Rogers, drummer and producer] and I, and I hope that people find it as healing (and banging) as we have!”
“Gaslighter” operates on a much softer plane than its predecessors — the fast-paced chaos of “Bitter Winter” and the searing lo-fi treatment of “Tough Love” — but it still maintains the icy edge that makes Erin so skilled as both a songwriter and an instrumentalist. In its quietest moments, “Gaslighter” lolls on tender guitar strums and melancholy punches of percussion. In its loudest, it flails in a crush of in-your-face rhythms.
Ultimately, “Gaslighter” is a tug-of-war between soft contemplation and desperate delivery, drunk on clouds of woozy guitar and prog-rock influence, thoughtfully mimicking its meaning as a reverberating cycle of hurt. When Erin howls “Can I kill you with a song?” then gets lost in swollen waves of zippy guitar and shimmering percussion, it’s a dynamic conclusion to a song sent spiraling through warring tones, genres, and emotions.