Posts Tagged ‘Born Again Virgin’

The work of Texas-born songwriter Anna Roenigk, Aka Born Again Virgin first caught out ear back in 2017 with her self-titled EP. Last year Anna made the bold decision to uproot her life, and relocated to London. Her new single, “Spider in the Snow”, is her first offering to largely be recorded in the United Kingdom, although with White Denim’s Greg Clifford adding drums back in Austin, Texas. The track is released today via her new label, My Little Empire Records, home to the likes of Pip Hall and Caroline Lazar.

Discussing the inspiration behind the track, Anna has suggested Spider In The Snow was influenced by Dean Young’s poetic collection ‘Fall Higher’ – “Hark Dumbass, the error is not to fall but to fall from no height“. As Anna further explains, she takes inspiration from the freedom that line implies, seeing it as being, “courageous enough to take a chance on something or someone because either way we are all going to fall, whether it’s from a height or tripping over our own feet”. Musically the track seems to be a louder, denser offering than Anna’s previous releases, citing influences from, “the theatrics of Rufus Wainwright to the rawness of 90’s grunge”. The track starts with a sedate, meander of guitar and a raw vocal sound, perfectly suited to Anna’s memories of a relationship that seems to be long gone. Then suddenly as the song seems to be walking a familiar path, it explodes into a wave of noisy guitars, as Anna pleads for closure, “I’ll be your spider in the snow, waiting for you, and if you love me let me go, let me fall from your fingertips”. Born Again Virgin showed the bravery to upend their life and pursue their dreams across an ocean, and here it seems to have brought fresh inspiration, excitement and quite possibly her finest release to date.

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Scientists aren’t exactly sure how spiders survive the winter. Even in the coldest of climates, the arachnids seem to simply sit between the layers of snow and wait patiently for spring to come. Therefore it’s fitting that the central metaphor in Born Again Virgin‘s newest release– a ballad full of bitter patience and sombre desperation– would centre around this “Spider In The Snow.”