Anni Pohto Gets “Deep” on New Single
One listen to the latest offering from Anni Pohto, the appropriately titled “Deep”, and you’ll know just why she entitled this song as she did. It’s rife with pianos undulating, crashing, roaring and receding, like the swells of the unspoken, the unfathomable ocean tides, and the depths of the sea—or the piano keyboard.
To that end “Deep” is a wholly immersive experience within the music and psyche of this young singer/songwriter/instrumentalist. After all, the track launches with references to pistol play, the forthcoming darkness that beckons, and a form of self hatred from inducing such sensations again. This affective content is reflected in the sonic landscape, which starts out with nothing but what sounds like classic piano and strings, although in this case the latter may very well be some assemblage of a conventional and Finnish guitar known as a kantele.
Significantly, it’s Pohto herself tickling the black and whites with an assortment of characters that do her homespun Northern Atlantis label proud. Maija Kauhanen is taking it to the kantele, Andre Vasconcelos is picking the guitar, and Jude Kim joins the party late (after the first verse and the first hook) on the bass. The drums are also muted during this period and left uncredited but, with Pohto evincing herself to be a hands on musician and artist, it’s almost certain she had some sway in them.
So, we’ve got the bass in the same key as the ivories, the guitars sounding like strings (must be that kantele effect), and Pohto swimming, sinking, plummeting and breaking water with her vocals ranging atop the bouncy piano part. She does a credible job of harmonizing with herself and someone deserves kudos for the mix/vocal production, because the highs and lows are so tightly intertwined it’s almost difficult to denote that’s what’s going on. She simply sounds big-voiced on this part of the chorus, which is a testament to the tune.
There’s an abundant degree of creativity characterizing the drums as well. The snare almost sounds like an 808 but it might not be, while the hat unmistakably spawned from that drum machine but is used sparingly (and seemingly offbeat towards the end). Nonetheless, this collaboration of instruments, voices and tones gets to the point and that, my friend, is deep.