“Bright Eyes” / “In This Mouth”
A double release this month sees Anoushka debuting two singles: Bright Eyes and In This Mouth, both featuring her close friend the wonderful singer Alev Lenz. The pair initially worked together on the title song from Anoushka’s album Land of Gold, which was written in response to the refugee crisis.
In her own words, “Bright Eyes was written at a very raw and painful time in my life. Musically, I love how on one level it’s a straightforward love song, but the instrumentation belies the form and involves sitar and ghatam along with piano and upright bass.
She describes In This Mouth as “a song very close to my heart. It’s a love letter, a poem, a beckoning, a prayer. In the middle of the song Alev and I move away from her lead vocal rhythm and go into a Vedic chant-style melodic refrain, turning earthly desire into something exalted and holy.”