words: Sarah Hojsak
In the first single from her upcoming record Yes and No, Anna McClellan holds nothing back. The New York-via-Omaha artist has an immediately gripping voice, and she belts with full force on the new track. “Heart of Hearts” is full of deep intensity and raw jaggedness that makes McClellan, a new Father/Daughter signee, whose last release is 2015’s Fire flames, impossible to ignore. The song is arranged sparsely, allowing McClellan’s voice to be the central character in the musical stories she weaves, her forthright confidence not without emotional vulnerability. About halfway through and without a lapse in vocal energy, McClellan ups the piano and slows down her words, singing, “and if you want to learn about my heart of hearts / I’ll tell you what it is, I’ll show you where it starts.”
As McClellan told The FADER, “It's pretty much about having a crush on someone and also contemplating the state of the world and how it's messed up, but I'm gonna keep chipping away at what's good. It's a let-me-just-dump-whatever-I'm-feeling-into-this-song song.”
Yes and No is due out February 23 on Father/Daughter Records.