Female Vocals: Eddi Front

On Friday, Brooklyn-based Eddi Front (AKA Ivana Carrescia) releases her debut album, Marina, which has been described as “Lynchian” by The Guardian, “chilling and ornate” by Pitchfork, and “shatteringly beautiful” by The Independent. Ahead of Friday, though, you can take a listen to the first release, Prayer (above).

Despite having learnt violin from age five, and electric guitar from 12, it took Carrescia until age 20 – heartbroken and holed up in a family home in Italy – to write her first song, The News. Carrescia’s first solo project went by the name Ivana XL, but her writing has evolved so much since then, that she decided a new name would be appropriate for these new recordings. Carrescia thinks of Marina as her “big piano record”, despite there being guitar on almost every song, and violin (played by none other than her father) on two of the tracks.

En route to success as Eddi Front, Carrescia quit her painting course at Savannah School of Art & Design, and worked at Urban Outfitters, which she describes as “deep, dark hell”.