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With her bold and bracing new album, “Bad Vacation”, Liza Anne hasn’t just shaped her liberation, she’s completely reinvented it. The record is defiant and thoughtful, showcasing a remarkable confidence as it tackles destructive habits and finds Liza at her most self aware yet. “I was writing what I needed to hear,” Liza explains. “I was writing what I needed to feel. I was quite literally writing a stronger, more empowered version of myself into existence.”

The songs here represent an audacious sonic leap forward for Liza and her band, mixing accomplished full-throttled art rock anthems with playful new wave jams and power pop earworms. Produced by Micah Tawlks Kyle Ryan and co-produced by Liza and Justin Meldal-Johnsen, arrangements are poised and fierce to match, fuelled by muscular guitar hooks, retro synthesizers, and wry, incisive and insightful lyrics.

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Bad Vacation marks a remarkable development in her sound and vocal performance – a collection that calls to mind everything from St. Vincent and Sleater-Kinney to Kate Bush and Talking Heads.

Released July 24th, 2020

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Nashville-based singer-songwriter Liza Anne Odachowski, who goes by Liza Anne, has never shied away from exposing her deepest, darkest emotions and even as she treads onto an exploration of a more pop-focused sound, she continues to tackle that melancholy. For “Paranoia”, Odachowski explores the role of her anxiety in her relationship, as it festers her thoughts and insecurities.

The song itself presents the duality of her new pop sound and distorted guitars, illustrating the contrast between how she presents herself and the reality of the obsessive, anxious thoughts that overwhelm her.

In this video, directed by Josh Gilligan and art directed by Brett Warren, they perfectly capture this by the use of two bedroom sets: one features Odachowski in natural lighting wearing a white-colored blouse, while the juxtaposing room features her in ultraviolet lighting wearing opaque makeup and a black outfit. As she dreamily coos in the first room, her dark self plays distorted guitar chords matching the intensity of her emotions, with both sides colliding.

“We wanted to express how the state of our rooms and how we aesthetically present ourselves mirrors, even elaborates on, our internal experience with emotions,” says Odachowski . “It was wild and healing to see so much of my internal world being externally experienced — it gave me a door into myself I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I’m not sure anything but art lets us look into ourselves in that sort of realized way.”

“Paranoia” is one of the singles off the singer-songwriter’s upcoming album Fine, But Dying, her first release for Arts & Crafts Records, out on March 9th.