Anna Coddington - The Lake
Anna Coddington is one of New Zealand’s foremost heroines of independent pop music, as is evident on her debut, self-produced album “The Lake”, released in June 2008.
Coddington has been quietly kicking around New Zealand’s music scene for some time now. She has been heard singing in the background of some well known tunes by New Zealand artists like Bic Runga, Anika Moa, SJD, Dimmer and more, and in the foreground of casually released pop gems by her former bands Handsome Geoffery and Duchess.
Coddington grew up in the sleepy seaside town of Raglan, New Zealand. By age 11 her Dad had taught her the 4/4 rock beat and she was clanging away on the drums with gay abandon, by 14 she had wrangled a few guitar chords out of her Mum, and by age 16 she was fronting and writing for her first band, Handsome Geoffery.
Coddington later filled the same roles in four piece band Duchess- a more mature and refined distillation of her talents. She co-produced, with Edmund McWilliams Jnr (aka. Ed Cake of Bressa Creeting Cake fame), the six-track "Duchess" E.P, which was released independently in 2005, and distributed by Rhythmethod. It included the singles “You Buried Me Alive” and “Raglan City” (which won the 2007 Juice TV “People’s Choice” award).
When Duchess disbanded in 2006, Coddington toured nationally and internationally as support act and backing singer for other New Zealand acts, but by 2007 an overwhelming desire to focus her creative energy back into her own tunes took hold, and put into motion the process which culminated in her album, “The Lake”.
Ms Coddington has a unique talent for writing beautiful songs with a twist of reality, making "The Lake" a delightfully engaging album.
01. Hold You Here
02. Low Tide
03. Sweet, Sweet Nothings
04. The Long Way Home
07. Come Now
08. The Lake
09. Never Change
10. Excuse Me
11. What A Shame