Anna Leone’s first project, Wandered Away, was acclaimed for its honesty and introspective lyrics. I’ve Felt All These Things sees Swedish singer-songwriter step tentatively forward on a musical odyssey that feels both intensely personal while speaking to universal human experiences.
At times it can feel like a desolate journey through Leone’s emotions. She herself describes it as an exploration of “healing and solitude”. The writing is mature and compelling, without drifting off into monotony--impressive given the often mantra-like vocals and ethereal mood. Tracks like “Love You Now” blends thoughtful lyrics with blissful guitar, filled with sonic ambience, soft percussion and musical dips and falls. Leone claims she is unmotivated by fame and external validation, but the album is undeniably stream-friendly, with a rich tapestry of blues and folk folded into the mix.
Leone’s self-doubt can be harrowing in places. In “Once” she sings about coping with anxiety; "I’m making all the same mistakes and it’s all my fault". A light at the end of the tunnel emerges in the uplifting final track “All That I Ever Did”. Atmospheric sounds swell towards the end, with Leone yearning to be free from her ‘cage’.
The intimacy never gets banal, a testament to the song writing and engaging vocal delivery. Leone cites Brian Eno and Kate Bush as her primary inspirations, but her mix of lo-fi guitar sounds and sweeping sonic landscapes creates a signature all her own.
Reflective and radiating trepidation, Leone’s ten shimmering tracks build on her previous successes. With the current spotlight on mental health and loneliness, I've Felt All These Things feels particularly timely. For many, a dose of Leone might be the perfect antidote to millennial angst.