Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Deep, mournful evocative/eclectic ethereal blues
Most recent release, Live (2005); most recent album of new material, with leak, blink, & breath (2001)
Own, occasional covers especially in concert
We received her CD at WBRS in the fall of 1998, and I was impressed and got in touch to arrange for her to bring her band to perform, which they did in April. (email@example.com)
Recommended first album:
1998—billy likes the samba whistle records
Highly recommended for anyone willing to give it a chance
annika bentley—all vocals, piano & guitar
Annika Bentley and Kathleen Fraser
I like it a lot, and it falls right in the core of ecto: distinctive female vocals, obscure skillfully written lyrics. Annika plays guitar on some songs, piano on others. Other musicians on this album play violin, cello, and acoustic bass (all four are women, by the way). (firstname.lastname@example.org
1999—billy likes the samba whistle records
Highly recommended for Annika Bentley fans
Annika Bentley—vocals, guitar, piano
This ep has three versions of "in trepidation underwater" from see you around, lifeguard, an lp version, a radio edit, and live version so in some senses it can be seen as a single for that song. There are also live versions of a cover of Radiohead's "street spirit (fade out)" (I don't know Radiohead well enough to comment on how good or different this cover is), "one, two , she's blue" from see you around, lifeguard, and an excellent cover of Ani Difranco's "Joyful Girl". This shows that Annika Bentley is just as affecting live as on album—I'd love to catch her live. (Neile)
2001—billy likes records
Annika Bentley—vocals, piano, acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, glockenspiel
Kathleen Fraser—double bass
Annika Bentley, Kathleen Fraser, Tony Gross
This is so catchy and yet also emotionally affecting. The lyrics are allusive/elusive but also full of memorable lines. Her deep vocals are like a cello, dark and haunting. And contagious. This is a powerful and worthy and even stronger followup to see you around, lifeguard. More deep wonderful Annika Bentley! Highly, highly recommended. (Neile)
2005—Billy Likes Records—DMY 004
Annika Bentley—vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, electric piano, sampler
Ian Downey—cello, backing vocals on "What a Spell"
I've been curious about Annika Bentley for some time, but this is the first album of hers I've heard. The songs are kind of unusual, so it's not the sort of thing that's immediately catchy. But I like it more with each listen. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Write: billy likes the samba whistle records, p.o. box 10781, rochester, ny 14610-0781, usa; phone/fax 716-387-9186; email kathleen @ annikab . com
Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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