Few current composers have had their music played at the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, or been Composer in Residence with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in addition to winning prestigious awards like the Paul Hamlyn Award for Composers. Anna Meredith, however, has achieved all of this and more.
As one of the most notable contemporary composers in the UK, Meredith is a general multitalent who writes and produces both acoustic and electronic music, always experimenting with different styles and techniques without sticking to genre-specific restrictions. Her music often includes body sounds like stamping and beatboxing, mixing modern popular music with the traditional sound of the classical orchestra.
Despite her success and visibility as a composer, Meredith's perhaps more widely accessible electronic pop music has not received nearly as much attention – something that could be fixed with the release of her upcoming debut album Varmints on record label Moshi Moshi in March.
Meredith's recently released track 'Taken', which will appear on Varmints, highlights her versatility; while catchy in a typical pop-song style, its use of electronics and more traditional instruments combine the intensity of Owen Pallett and dreaminess of Au Revoir Simone. If 'Taken' is any indication of what the album will sound like, there's no reason she won't receive the same success as she has done with her compositions.
Anna Meredith's debut album Varmints will be out on March 4th and is available for pre-order now.