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limited edition 6-track EP of 200 copies 10" white vinyl

Living in Manchester is great for the sheer numbers of musicians of every genre attempting to become the next artist to be signed by a major label. Up till now I had managed to divert my attention across the world but I've finally been tempted to release a record by a Manchester act.

Anna Kashfi are a two-piece outfit consisting of Sian Webley (vocals, percussion) and James Youngjohns (fretted and keyboard instruments, viola, harmonica). Their songs and style have been compared to the likes of Sparklehorse to Giant Sand and Mazzy Star. Their use of a wide range of unusual instrumentation is impressive - Harmonicas, violas, pedal steel, wind chimes all feature in their songs. The focus for me however is on the gorgeous acoustic guitar playing and Sian's fabulous vocals, it's these two elements that bring together their outstanding songs. Their live performances are frequently recommended by local magazines and newspapers. The songs stripped down live, are at times more impressive than their studio counterparts.

Entitled 'Philokalia'(taken from a JD Salinger novel), the songs chosen for the release tries to represent what they are doing as a whole. What you get a six perfectly laid tracks produced by James himself. There is simple, dark, symphonic, complex, sadness, melodic and a lot more besides. Sound samples will be available soon. If you can't wait you could go out and buy their 'About A Boy' CD released this year which has gathered great praise, available from their website. They will be playing a few gigs in and around Manchester, so watch out for them if you are in town.

All releases will be available at selected record stores and by mail order. Please e-mail emmashouse[at]onoffonoff[dot]org for details.


'Words cannot describe adequately the way these 6 tracks of tortured acoustic fragility kept me bound in a state of wonder and awe'

'probably one of the best, most understated and unfortunately still least well known americana bands in the UK'

'quietly devastating'
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