After turning heads with ‘Bird In Hand’, released in May this year, Anna Coddington and SJD have teamed up again for Make You Mine. The combo follow through with another gem: a drum machine groove beautifully offset by the impeccable feel of Chris O’Connor on drums, a catchy bass line played by Coddington herself, pining vocals, and another gorgeous string arrangement from SJD. Where Bird In Hand sang of acceptance and letting go, Make You Mine is a celebration of love and the longing to pull it closer.
Continuing the collaborative pattern, Anna has again called on the directorial talents of Aidee Walker after the great reception and reviews of the Bird In Hand video. The video to Make You Mine creates a beautiful, delicate and poignant narrative that perfectly visualizes the emotion of the single itself.
It’s been a long time since Anna hit the road in earnest but this September fans will wait no more. Joined by Mike Hall on bass and guitar, the tour takes in 11 dates across the country and will be an opportunity to hear tracks not yet released alongside the favourites.
‘Bird in Hand’ is the debut music video for director Aidee Walker who says of the video “Anna had come to me asking if I’d be keen to make a music video as I’d just made two short films. She was after a performance based video and I was keen. Luckily for Joe Hitchcock (the DOP) and me, Anna is pretty stunning even without good light so I knew this kind of simplicity would work and we wouldn’t get bored of watching her, especially with the editing skills of Alexander Gander. I also didn’t want a bird flying around… Until I realised the camera could in fact be the bird watching her. With a bit if influence from Aronofsky’s Black Swan, there is also a transformation of Anna herself: We are our own worst enemy and all that …”
The track showcases a notable development from the guitar-based, live band sound of her two albums, Bird In Hand was produced by 2013 Taite Prize winning artist and producer SJD, who puts the haunting vocal centre stage over angular drums (courtesy of Chris O’Connor), delicate keys (Steph Brown aka LIPS) and a heady string arrangement. Also on the way is a remix by Haz ofHomebrew.