The debut single from Brooklyn-based Ana Ïsmï‘s upcoming debut EP, “Out to Lunch,” is a haunting and compelling lo-fi recording. The track unfolds with simplicity, generosity. It’s out on all platforms for the first time today.
Ana Ïsmï is the current project of NYU Clive Davis alum Sarah Beilenson and “Out to Lunch,” co-produced by Jon Eckhaus, is a promising first listen. The track features a steady riff that is unsettling and beautiful at once, dark but not without levity. There is the quiet of afternoon in this song, a tea kettle whistling, fuzzy guitar chords, audible markers of the passing of time. A minimalist sense of sonic architecture lends the track an expansive and spectral vibe as Beilenson’s voice echoes, “on a weekday / on a whim.” In listening one is reminded of the attractive nature of ambiguity, of the willful disorientation that accompanies rites and rituals, time bashing against permanence.
Beilenson’s voice is eerie and distorted atop a tidal presence. She’s low over a soft stereo crackle, a tripping progression. The production is aptly paired with seraphic vocals to create a lush soundscape, a place where you want to linger a little longer. Listen to “Out to Lunch” now via Spotify.