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Sunday 26 July 2020

London Knows: Serious Sexual Assault In Bankok Inspires Young Artist To Pen Track To Offer Hope To Others

"Last year, I was a victim of a sexual assault whilst on holiday in Bangkok. What started as a fun night out ended up with me being lost for hours, drugged with something so strong that I forgot my own name. It was the scariest thing that's ever happened to me and I was traumatised."

Anna Straker hopes her new single London Knows can heal others, just as writing the song helped her. 

Music can be both a safe space and a way in which to instigate conversations about painful topics.

"Coming back home I felt so different, London felt unfamiliar, and doing the things I normally did every weekend was suddenly triggering for me. 

"I wrote this song about healing, and the uncertainty of recovery. 

"Knowing I was going to feel better one day but not knowing when, and hoping that London will eventually feel like home again. 

"During this pandemic, we have all felt these same feelings of uncertainty, hoping for the world to heal and return to normal again. 

"I hope you listen to this song and remember that whatever the world throws at you, you can be whole again, you can recover, and you can heal."

Anna Straker was born in London and raised in Lincolnshire, yet she was always destined to return to the capital. 

She was first discovered in her early teens, when producer Mike Spencer (Emeli Sandé, Years & Years) chanced upon a cover she had posted on YouTube. 

He recruited her as a backing vocalist on various projects he was working on, most notably with Rudimental.
By the time she was 17, Anna was back in London, working on music, hitting the clubs and using her job as a cleaner at a doctor's surgery as an impromptu party spot. 
Anna defies simple preconceptions with a single-minded rush of electronica-inspired escapism and a sucker-punching pop streak. 

"I love fashion, and mixing that with the stereotypically 'masculine' thing of being a producer," she says. 

"I want to wear pink eyeliner, produce a record, be a feminist,and sing a pop song, and be a dance artist."

On London Knows, Anna's beautifully tender vocal is unguarded, while the production feels like a warm embrace from a friend: multi-layered harmonies, melancholy piano and unassuming synths adding to its calming aura.

Ultimately it's an immensely personal song that finds strength from vulnerability, further captured in the video which can be viewed HERE

by: Mike Cobley

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