Little Anchor blends the storytelling and simplicity of the Northwest with New York influenced pop sensibility.
The Brooklyn-based four-piece was initially conceived over a long weekend in a cabin on the Columbia River Gorge as the solo project of Pacific Northwest native, Alexa Cabellon in May 2009. Upon her return to New York, the small front-woman with big ideas shared her material with friends and former NYU classmates Kendrick Lo (guitar), Thomas White (bassist), and Ian Chang (percussion), who now complete the group.
Following their first gig at a tiny café deep within New York City’s Chinatown, Cabellon finished writing the group’s debut EP Sunland in the early winter of 2010. Self-released on June 17, 2010, Sunland combines heavy melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and sweet yet versatile vocals.
From the Sunland EP, Little Anchor redesigned, rerecorded, and re-imagined the song “Until Our Eyes Adjust” at Galuminum Foil Productions with recording engineer and producer, Gary Atturio. The hauntingly delicate first single off of Yellow Lights, “Until Our Eyes Adjust” was released in February and features four-part string arrangements written by Gabriel Gall and Ian Davis of The Relatives and performed by fellow NYU classmates Josh Henderson on violin and viola, and Kristine Kruta on cello.
Following the release of “Until Our Eyes Adjust,” the band returned to the studio with Atturio to record the rest of the EP in the spring of 2011. Yellow Lights showcases Cabellon’s smoothly rich voice amid a collection of songs that vary from the smart, rhythm heavy opening track, “Don’t Be Scared to Move,” which includes pots and pans recorded in the kitchen of Cabellon’s Brooklyn apartment, to her strength as a ballad songwriter in the lush and dreamy arrangements of “A Sentimental Way” and “SEA/MD,” to the hard-hitting, anthemic closing track, “When You’re Looking.”
The band’s 2013 release, Floating Bridges, written mainly on the piano in the colder months following the release of Yellow Lights, showcases a darker and introspective set of songs. At the heart of it, Little Anchor explores what it means to feel alive through this cohesive set of songs, kicking it off with the aggressive opening track, “Alive,” to Rhodes heavy tracks such as “Solid as Glue” and “Heavy Heart,” the dreamy ambient world of “Carolina Waits,” the ear candy poppiness of “If I Wanted To,” and the closing, bold statement of “Over and Over.” Produced by Mark Endozo, (FOH Sound for Twin Shadow and Holy Ghost), Floating Bridges, was recorded at Studio G 5k and Strange Weather in Brooklyn, NY.
Following the release of Sunland (2010), Yellow Lights (2011), and Floating Bridges (2013), Little Anchor, now joined by drummer and mastering engineer, Alex DeTurk, is staying true to heavy melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and lush arrangements, with the release of their new single, “A Familiar Place.” Recorded, mixed, and mastered in one day at Strange Weather, “A Familiar Place” will be released on October 22nd at Cameo Gallery.
Photographer: Emily Tan
Red Hook, Brooklyn 2015