Anna Straker’s recent single ‘London Knows’ heralded an exciting new era for the rising London artist. With a fresh sound, unguarded emotions and a new deal with Never Fade Records, the song earned Anna airplay from BBC Introducing and Jo Whiley at Radio 2.
Now Anna Straker’s new track ‘Good Days, Bad Days’ demonstrates that she’s embracing a new-found artistry that’s as accomplished as it is unpredictable. The track is boosted by a feature from Gabrielle Aplin. LISTEN HERE. The new single will feature alongside ‘London Knows’ on Anna’s new EP ‘Growing Pains’ out this November.
‘Good Days, Bad Days’ is a captivating fusion between an immediately addictive earworm and woozy, experimental alt-pop. Elevating from a spacious and radiant beat, the song builds towards an electrifying drop as the two artists’ vocals illustrate their natural connection. Anna’s instinct for exploring issues which relate to her generation again resonates. This time it’s about accepting that bad times will inevitably pass for something better – an apt reminder in our current uncertain era.
The track is accompanied by a video which reflects the meaning behind the song, featuring raw footage that both Anna and Gabrielle have filmed over the past two years, it reflects real life, revealing true moments of happiness and sadness experienced by both artists. Watch HERE.
Anna explains, “I wrote Good Days Bad Days during the recovery from my sexual assault. It is a kind of positive affirmation to help centre and ground yourself on days when your mental health gets the better of you. I want to remind people of their best moments to help them through their worst ones… I actually recorded the vocal for this on the day I was fired from my job! I want this EP to really showcase the issues surrounding mental health with honesty and sincerity, as I know so many people that suffer. I hope it helps to know that we all experience these ‘growing pains’.
Gabrielle adds, “I’ve always admired Anna as both a producer and writer as well as an artist and I’m really happy to be featuring on GDBD. I loved the song as soon as I heard it!”
Anna Straker’s trajectory demonstrates that artists can flourish against the contrasting experiences of good and bad days. She earned a big break in her teens when producer Mike Spencer (Years & Years, Emeli Sandé) discovered her and invited her to contribute to projects including Rudimental.