Sometimes, if youâ€™re lucky, youâ€™ll hear a song in the background of a show or commercial and be able to find the answer when you ask yourself, â€œWhat is that song?â€ Anya Marina is one of those artists who manages to lurk in the shadows of popular programs, even scoring a slot on the New Moon soundtrack. Think what you will about vampires and werewolves, but they manage to bag a lot of talent. A remix of that track, â€œSatellite Heart,â€ has been included at the end of her new EP, Spirit School, which is contributed to by Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino, rounding out a lush, atmospheric record.
The five tracks that make up this EP are, as Marina herself stated, â€œmisfitsâ€ from her other recordings.Â They are certainly not unrelated though, in the way they are grouped. â€œYou Are Invisibleâ€ is a melodic, poetic piece of layered vocals and strings, immediately followed by â€œWhatsit,â€ a dance tune that sounds like Kylie Minogue with gritty production. â€œSpirit Schoolâ€ has a taste of post-punk while analyzing the art and creativity, following dreams and knowing to be true to oneself. â€œBusriderâ€ goes back to the club vibe of the second track. In just a few songs, Marina is able to show off a versatility that ought to make her appealing to fans of various genres.