Next month will see Melbourne artist Anna Cordell release her long awaited and much anticipated debut album Nobody Knows Us. Having shared its first two singles, the subtle drama of ‘You’ and the spiritual title track late last year, she now shares the earnest and vexed third, ‘Tried So Hard’. Musically, a delicate underlying drift carries the song’s slow burning dynamic forward tracing both its contemplative subject matter and Cordell’s intimate and emotively inflected vocal as it oscillates between the breathily philosophical to the angelically quizzical. She explains the meaning behind of the track thus;
“It’s (about) asking for love in the face of different ways of seeing the world, a song that grapples with the insecurities so many of us have in understanding our capacity to love and be loved.”
As far as debut album’s go, Nobody Knows Us comes via rather unconventional means. It’s one where Cordell’s lived experiences and long, albeit fragmented, symbiotic relationship with music palpably shines. Few artists releasing their debut album would have a backstory that involved quitting music for a decade, having and raising five children, and forging out a career and successful boutique label in another artistic endeavour — fashion design. At the same time, few artists could end up making a debut this thematically mature and delicately nuanced with such an unguardedly honest self awareness.
Listen to ‘Tried so Hard’ below and find it currently opening proceedings in our New Folk Country & Singer-Songwriter Playlist here on Spotify. Nobody Knows Us will be self released on February 14. Vinyl and digital pre-orders here. Find Anna Cordell’s solo Australian tour dates below with more to be added.
Tried So Hard
Anna Cordell (AUS)
From the forthcoming album, ‘Nobody Knows Us’, Self Released. (February 14)
Anna Cordell – Nobody Knows Us Tour Dates
Saturday 15 Feb, Kyneton – Major Tom’s w/ special guest Coda Chroma
Sunday 23 Feb, Melbourne – Howler (1pm show) w/ special guest Leah Senior
Saturday 29 Feb, Sydney – Golden Age, w/ special guest Ainsley Farrel