ALBUM: Anna’s Anchor – Nautical Miles

Release Date: September 23rd 2016
Label: Struggletown Records/Never Meant Records


Many bands have complex and long mission statements, but Anna’s Anchor has a simple yet effective aim: “honest songs for honest people”. Anna’s Anchor, the guise of Marty Ryan, is a Limerick born musician. His influences include Interpol, Brand New, and The Smashing Pumpkins, but essentially Anna’s Anchor consists of just Marty and his acoustic guitar. But, that’s not a bad thing.

‘Nautical Miles’ is a ten track album which almost has a story-like narrative, especially as the final song is called ‘Conclusion’. There’s a huge focus on the lyrical content, and it’s easy to hear the urgency in Marty‘s voice, almost as if he’s desperate to finally express his feelings in the medium of music. Hearing someone else’s stories and thoughts can be almost therapeutic, especially when it’s combined with impressive and relaxing acoustic guitar melodies.

It’s clear from the get-go that Marty knows exactly what he’s doing when it comes to making music. The melodies flow continuously throughout the record without ever getting boring or monotonous. Every song pulls you in closer, almost demanding your full attention, and it’s hard not to engage with Anna’s Anchor‘s sound. Marty is creating music which is about more than just sex, drugs, and partying; it’s about travelling, wanderlust, and heartache.

Another wonderful thing about ‘Nautical Miles’, apart from music, is that if you purchase the album you will be donating to Limerick Suicide Watch, which is a group of volunteers who patrol the bridges of Limerick City to help people in distress. So, even if you’re not too keen on the music hitting your ears, at least you can know that you’ve made a difference.

Written by Julia Conopo (@JuliaConopo)