Scotland continues to punch above its weight in delivering exciting musical newcomers, with the arrival of the soulful singer Bow Anderson and her feel-good single, ‘Sweater’.
Anderson performs a special live, stripped-down performance for Berlin’s ‘Offshore Live Sessions’ programme, The Circle.
Born and bred on the east side of Edinburgh, the 23-year-old singer is already making waves with her debut single ‘Sweater’, fusing Motown-inspired Northern Soul with modern popcraft.
Anderson’s brassy vocals sound wise beyond her years, paired with bright piano chords and a toe-tapping groove.
“‘Sweater’ is a special song as it’s the first song that felt right, and like it was me,” shares Anderson of her new single. “It’s about getting your heart broken and the emotions that come with that because it can be a really tough and lonely time, even when your friends are around you. I’m nervous but excited for the world to finally hear my songs!”
Anderson developed a passion for singing while at performing arts school after an injury waylaid her dance career and set her on her current path.
“After the accident songwriting and music was my therapy to make me feel better,” she told When The Horn Blows magazine during an interview. The aspiring singer-songwriter decamped to London at the age of 19 ostensibly for university but a music career soon came calling.
‘Sweater’ is the first song Bow ever wrote and was produced by now-collaborator Jamie Scott (Ed Sheeran, Major Lazer, Michael Kiwanuka) and Jonny Coffer (Beyonce, Ragn’n’Bone Man).
Offshore Live Sessions is designed for adventurous music fans keen to discover music that is off the mainstream. The main platform is The Circle: an online showcase to curate some of the best artists out there. Offshore describe themselves as “a bunch of creators from Berlin”, whose mission is “to showcase some of the best alternative & indie music out there – in creative ways”.
Listen to ‘Sweater’ here.