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Anya Marina Lays It On the Line with “Felony Flats”

Actress. Radio DJ. Blogger for the Huffington Post. Singer/songwriter/indie artist. Anya Marina has done all of it. But with Felony Flats, Marina is laying it all on the line, showing music to be her passion.

This isn’t Anya Marina’s first jump into the music arena; Felony Flats is her third full-length recording. After she self-released her debut recording Miss Halfway, indie label Chop Shop Records signed her and released her sophomore effort Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II. Not to mention that Marina’s songs have found placements on TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural and How I Met Your Mother.

But Felony Flats, released in March 2012, is Anya Marina’s most ambitious release so far. Her quirky, airy voice and interesting musical arrangements will continue to appeal to the indie crowd, but this record’s production value definitely kicks it up a notch compared to her earlier stuff. The whole mix is a bit “thicker”, with heavier guitars and drums throughout—sort of a shift from coffeehouse toward alt-rock.  This album definitely seems to be positioning Anya Marina to try and reach a wider audience.

If first impressions matter, this record makes a good one; the opening track “Body Knows Best” is probably my personal fave on the record. It’s sassy, catchy, rocky and fun. Other great moments on the record include the moody “Hot Button” and the rocking “Flinty” (love the distortion effect they put on her voice!). But really, there’s not a bad song on the record. Existing fans of Anya Marina might complain a little bit at the rockier element, but I have a feeling that with Felony Flats, she will draw a lot more fans than she loses.

With this record, you get the feeling that Anya Marina has just put all her chips on the table in an attempt to take her music all the way to the top. It’s a gutsy move, and it makes me root for her. She’s laid it all on the line with Felony Flats, and it’s definitely worth a listen.

About the Author


Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kim Phelps found her inspiration and love for music listening to local bands play in the coffeehouses around town. She soon found her own voice as a singer-songwriter, and eventually began playing her own gigs in the coffee shops. Her personal influences include Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Power, but as an indie musician herself, she has an affinity for any band or artist who pursues creative freedom on the outskirts of the music industry. As our Indie correspondent, Kim makes a point of highlighting up-and-coming independent acts who are creating a buzz and building an audience. When she's not blogging for us or playing in the coffee shops, Kim works as a barista herself to help pay the bills. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

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