Anna Altman Share “American Gothic” Taken From “Freightliner” Due Out April 28th via Exploding In Sound Records’ “Tape Club”

April 23, 2017

Paloma Arias

Anna Altman Share “American Gothic” via The Le Sigh

“Freightliner” Due Out April 28th via Exploding In Sound Records’ “Tape Club

Anna Altman, the duo of Turnip King’s Lucia Arias and Christian Billard, will release Freightliner, the band’s full length debut on April 28th as part of Exploding In Sound Records‘ newly launched tape club. Having played together in Turnip King for past five years, Billard and Arias have developed a unique musical chemistry and as Anna Altman they have embraced a sound is both minimal and melodically lush. While the members have a reputation for creating dense shoegaze and experimental art-rock, Anna Altman is refined and sonically magnificent, drawing comparison to artists like Mary Timony, Liz Phair, and Sleater-Kinney.

The Le Sigh shared the premiere of Anna Altman’s latest single, “American Gothic” noting:

‘Arias and Billard take a step back from the psychedelia that influences Turnip King for a sound that’s a little darker and more organic. “American Gothic” calls to mind long trips on trains (calling back to the album title), gray skies against empty tree branches. The duo sound in tune with the Earth with the stripped, unsteady drums and guitar that first appeared on “The Interview.”‘


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Anna Altman
April 28, 2017
Exploding In Sound Records
Join The EIS Tape Club

1. The Interview
2. Catcher
3. Never
4. White Horse
5. American Gothic
6. Memory
7. Season Premiere
8. Freightliner
9. M.C. PH.D.


Anna Altman, the project comprised of Lucia Arias and Christian Billard, gently packs a punch with their debut LP Freightliner. The album was recorded reel to reel at Billard’s house in Port Washingon, Long Island, and recalls feelings of racing alongside blurs of scenery, in a car or on a train. For this, Freightliner is adequately named. Arias’ vocals, at times tinged with reverb, are sturdy and melodic. On songs like “American Gothic,” Arias’ gentle and overflowing guitar bends around these vocals, braiding and weaving together. Steady and skillfully marching drumbeats create a constant beneath vivid scenery, like running your fingers along a wrought iron fence or watching sea foam ebbing along a shore. Anna Altman runs as cool and deep as a river, it is ghostly and repetitive, yet comforting in its patterned sounds.


Anna Altman’s songs seemingly evolve and then scale back over and over again within each composition. Winding roads and complex routes cut back to skeletal beats. By the time we reach the penultimate title track, the reel to reel is wobbling as if we have lost the way. Yet, the finale holds a concluding harmony in Arias’ voice, the duo overlapping and playing tag on it’s final notes. Like being jostled awake from a deep sleep, Freightliner ends firmly with sparse, jarring chords. It’s strange, but it all makes perfect sense.

Bio written by Liana Hell Lean

“…instrumental patterns that serve to bolster the ponderous voice of singer Lucia Arias in a way that is more powerful in its subtlety than its force” – Impose
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