It’s been well over a year since ANE released her Bitan EP, and earlier this week, the Korean-American singer/songwriter broke her silence with her brand new single “Physical,” premiered by NYLON. Cutting through our digital world in search of something tangible, the Malcolm Fong-song serves as an appetizer to hold fans over until ANE’s next project.
Speaking about the song, ANE says: “The combination of living in New York and being immersed in today’s culture of swiping right and left on dating apps and scrolling through social media feeds, it is so difficult to make a real connection with someone. People like having options today, more than ever, and it makes it really difficult to dig deep with someone.” She continued: “This song is about the rare instance that it does in today’s ADD society. And I wanted to share that feeling in a song.”
ANE, which is an acronym for “A New Era” and pronounced “Ann-nee” is described as an artist that “makes music that is subtle, yet heady and equally consuming. Her enchanting mystique shines through her hypnotic songwriting, and her sultry vocals pull you in over the unique blend of synth-pop and soul.”
Raised in a strict, Korean-American home in New Jersey with no musical background, ANE grew up without the records of her parents nor a TV for the better half of her childhood. Perhaps by design, ANE still managed to find her way as a recording artist. With inspiration she found as a kid from The Beatles, Stevie Wonder’ s Hotter Than July, and TLC’s CrazySexyCool, ANE grew into a singer/songwriter that embodies a sheer contrast of contemporary and vintage sounds. Classically trained in college, her fusion of electronic, pop and soul is filtered through the ethos of musical inspirations like Donny Hathaway, Etta James, Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, and Nina Simone. Her chosen name stands for “A New Era,” and she represents the evolution happening in music, fashion, and art today.