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Anna B Savage besingt das „Chelsea Hotel #3“ in Anlehnung an Leonard Cohen

Anna B Savage besingt das „Chelsea Hotel #3“ in Anlehnung an Leonard Cohen

Anna B Savage ist eine ausgesprochen meinungsstarke und offenherzige Londonerin. Mit der Single „Chelsea Hotel #3“ feiert sie ihre Premiere bei City Slang.


Begleitet wird der neue Song von einem Video, das kaum intimer und gleichzeitig freimütiger in die Offensive gehen könnte. Explizit wäre auch noch ein schönes Adjektiv. Es geht um den unverkrampften Umgang, bzw. das Entdecken der weiblichen Lust und, ach noch so vieles mehr. „Chelsea Hotel #3“ ist von ihrem Debütalbum entnommen, das für später in diesem Jahr geplant ist.



Anna B Savage über „Chelsea Hotel #3„: „‚Wank More‘ was my 2016 New Year’s Resolution. It was part of my need to battle all the internalised bullshit I had ingested about women. I’ve spent the last few years actively unlearning things I spent my first twenty years passively being fed. Like how women are sexualised, but never allowed to be sexual, they are the object (sometimes even an object).

It took me until 21 to start masturbating, even longer to realise that sex was also for me (groundbreaking, I know) and that I had agency and could and should ask for things. It’s wildly frustrating and sad. Out of these thoughts came ‚Chelsea Hotel #3.‘

The song, similarly to Leonard Cohen’s ‚Chelsea Hotel #2‘, starts with ‘head on an unmade bed’ and tracks a conversation, internal rather than external, that follows. I go through historical experiences of pleasure, both at the hands of others, and my own (and with accoutrements). From a passive, unknowing sexual youth to an active, exploratory modern day version of myself, more willing to acknowledge and, yes, list the things that get me off.

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While it’s a naked nod to Cohen’s Janis Joplin in ‚Chelsea Hotel #2‘, in my mind it’s an even bigger nod to Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick, a book which prompted me to be able to express myself in this way. The man in ‚Chelsea Hotel #3‘ is a stand in for all men, and as I’m telling my story, here he plays the role of the passive pawn and ‘muse’, a like for like role reversal of how women have ‘inspired’ men for centuries.

The song is a groan of boredom for the role of passive, mute, muse women, and a scream for female autonomy and pleasure.“


Presse: City Slang / Photocredit: Ebru Yildiz

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