Liza Anne - Utopian
“Their upcoming album, ‘Utopian,’ reaches for more pop-oriented sounds and feels newly self-assured. Empowerment-core catchphrases populate the record, which was inspired by Anne’s experience of coming out as gay and nonbinary.” – The New York Times
“Anne is in an exciting space between the worlds of pop and punk, and alternative rock.” – PAPER
“A bold, colorful mix of rock and pop” – American Songwriter
“Anne’s excellent, slowly-distorting voice paired with a piano, telling you all of the intrusive thoughts that keep plaguing their mind” – Billboard
“Scratchy guitars, jarring snare drum cracks, funky bass, and a barrage of different vocal hooks” – STEREOGUM
“Liza Anne champions love” – Grammy.com
“Bracingly honest lyrics” – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
Utopian furthers Liza’s art rock evolution, sonically shifting to encompass an eclectic array of sounds including shimmering dance floor funk, bright new wave, jangly shoe gaze and tender punk.
With the life-defining, celebratory coming-out lead single “Cheerleader” being praised as “jubilant and funky” by Stereogum, and NPR Music recognizing the beauty of self-discovery inherent to “Rainbow Sweater,” Utopian has received high praise from acclaimed publications across board including New York Times, Billboard, PAPER, American Songwriter, Grammy.com, Consequence of Sound, Uproxx, V Magazine and many more. Other album standouts include the glistening and piercingly tender “Treat Me” and the spacious, art-rock masterpiece title track, “Utopian,” also featuring backing vocals by Samia.
From their wider work fighting for reproductive freedom through their ABBA Discos initiative, leading a queer poetry celebration at Housing Works NYC, or recent debut acting (and soundtracking) in indie horror short “Boyhoarder,” Liza is a visionary bringing the fringe to the mainstream, and an iconoclast ripping down the norms of the boring generation.
Written over three years ago, for Liza, Utopian was the safe space they created for their queer experience while still being closeted and in a relationship that was actively inhibiting their true self. Reflecting on the central message of the album, Liza shares, “With this record I was projecting myself forward into a reality that made sense to me and out of the heaviness of existing in a world (and a toxic relationship) where I was experiencing disassociation from myself because of being closeted. Not just queerness but so much of who I was, what I felt, what I cared about, what meant something to me was not welcome in the space of that relationship. Utopian is, to me, a scared reinhabiting of myself that started as merely a dream – I spent 3 years inside of a relationship where I needed an escape and I spent nearly 29 years of my life closeting myself and trying to ignore who I was – with the writing of that record I was detailing a world where I was out, joyful, forgiving, surrounded by love that made sense to me and able to grow and grieve and feel and emote in a healthy way.”
Liza is back on the road supporting Pussy Riot: Riot Days. They will also join TORRES on tour in Spring 2024. See dates HERE and contact us with any requests!