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Anna Coddington - Album Review: Beams

26 Nov 2020 // A review by Madeleine Howard
Anna Coddington returns with her fourth album Beams - a collection of personal and emotive indie pop songs. Produced by Kiwi duo LIPS (Steph Brown and Fen Ikner), Beams is Coddington’s most personal piece of work to date, touching on themes of identity, self-reflection and Coddington’s place in the world as a woman, Maori and a mother.

Four years on from her previous album Luck/Time, the 10 tracks that make up Beams are a stark contrast from her previous release. While Luck/Time featured somewhat more polished production, Beams succeeds in being more brutally honest and raw in its song writing, managing to be a more cohesive collection of songs than its predecessor.

Slick, fresh production from LIPS give the album a modern edge. A mix of upbeat, delightful pop tunes (The Saint (with stains)Both Ways), slow burning, moodier tracks (Dive, Magnesium and Coffee), as well as edgier tracks (Do I Exist?, We See You), Beams really does have something for everyone and showcases Coddington’s strong song writing abilities.

My personal favourites include title track Beams, with Louis Baker’s vocals being the perfect accompaniment to Coddington’s sweet tones. The opening track The Saint (with stains) with its tinkling piano is the perfect introduction to Beams, and the closing track Remember Me is a sweet, reflective tune and the best way to finish what is a beautiful album.

Beams is a triumph and cements Coddington as a solid song writer. The perfect album to accompany a classic Kiwi summer, I highly recommend giving it a listen.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Anna Coddington

Anna Coddington began her musical life in Raglan at age 11 as her father Peter's protigee on an enormous chromed out drum kit. At 15 she formed Hamilton's most loved/most hated band Handsome Geoffery with two of her best friends. They were both drummers too so Anna made her little brother teach her Stairway To Heaven and some Nirvana songs on the guitar, Janna learned bass, and Aidee got to stay on the drums (lucky). They quickly realised they were quite shit as a covers band so Anna wrote some of her own songs that they could stuff up as much as they wanted. Handsome Geoffery were great. They won the Rockquest in 1998 and got a Jimi Hendrix stratocaster which they sold through the Rockshop- a move Anna sometimes regrets.

Handsome Geoffery would later dissipate and be reincarnated as Duchess. Jonny Corker took Aidee's place on the drums but she didn't mind because she got to play keyboards, which was pretty amazing. They released a self titled EP in 2005 through Rhythmethod and got 2 video clips out of it for You Buried Me Alive and the new one Raglan City, which you may see on telly from time to time. Duchess are also great but have sort of been on a long term hiatus.

Anna spent most of 2005/2006 on tour with Anika Moa and Bic Runga as a backing singer. She enjoyed this very much but upon her return from a UK tour with Bic Runga found herself twiddling her thumbs in Mt Albert (long story) and feeling a little despondent. This was a sign that the time had come to make some more music. So that's what she's doing. Armed with a brain full of songs she wrote on tour and since and a selection of guitars, she has been recording some demos at home and playing some cracker live shows. She has also been playing drums in Tim Guy and the Tutaes, which features Anika Moa on bass and Madeleine Sami on backing vocals and percussion. They are pretty amazing.

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Releases

Mana-Wa-Hine
Year: 2021
Type: EP
Beams
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Luck/Time
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Cat & Bird
Year: 2011
Type: Album
The Lake
Year: 2008
Type: Album

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