Track: ‘January Makes Me Sad’ – Anna Smyrk unveils reflective new single and US tour news

Feature Photograph: Jeff Andersen Jnr

Following up from her EP ‘Cortisol and Blue Light’ earlier this year (read my review here), long time favourite here at Backseat Mafia, Melbourne artist Anna Smyrk, has unveiled her new single ‘January Makes Me Sad’ ahead of news of an extensive 13 date US tour.

‘January Makes Me Sad’ has that signature Smyrk tone: a self deprecatory sense of humour delivering erudite lyrics on velvet yearning vocals and dappled instrumentation:

The street are lined
With dead Christmas trees
Already tired
Of what is good for me

Cos January makes me sad
Everybody’s feeling bad
About how much they’re still the same

The track drips with an aching melancholy that positively shimmers, capturing a certain sense of ennui that comes at this time of year:

‘January Makes Me Sad’ is out today and available to download and stream here.

After a 2023 filled with European, Canadian and Australian dates, Smyrk is heading off on an extensive US tour – dates and places here and below:

Feb 1st: Funk N Waffles – Syracuse, NY

Feb 3rd: One Broadway Collaborative – Lawrence, MA

Feb 4th: Brick Hill House Concerts – Orleans, MA

Feb 9th: The Drum Roll – Rochester, NY

Feb 10th: Abilene – Rochester, NY

Feb 11th: Pittsburgh Winery – Pittsburgh, PA

Feb 12th: The Sharon Apollo Maennerchor Club – Sharon, PA

Feb 13th: The Treelawn Social – Cleveland, OH

Feb 14th: Grounds for Thought – Bowling Green, OH

Feb 15th: Natalie’s – Columbus, OH

Feb 16th: Hirth Happenings – Maineville, OH

Feb 18th: Bad Branch House Concerts – Whiteburge, KY

Feb 21-25: Folk Alliance International Official Showcase

Feature Photograph: Jeff Andersen Jnr

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