The debut album from Erin Anne, Tough Love is an unruly yet elegant collage of all the elements that make up her musical vocabulary: wildly shredded riffs and lo-fi acoustic ramblings, punk-rock energy and folky austerity, new-wave whimsy and high-flown pop theatrics. The original album arrived in June 2019, quickly catching the attention of Carpark Records who have released a digital reissue of the album today, with a special remastered vinyl version slated for December.
Showcasing Erin’s playful ability to bring charm and humor to any situation, she releases the new video for album single “Tough Love” today, directed and edited by Madeleine Peters. “Tough Love” sprung from a day at seminar when Erin was trying to make a very simple point and couldn’t get a word out. “I was incredibly frustrated. Being a woman in academia can be exhausting,” she says. As the track took shape she flipped the experience, determined to gain power from it. And “Tough Love” eventually morphed into a massive anthem, a thrillingly cathartic refusal to let her voice go unheard.
The video follows Erin becoming a series of selves/characters throughout the day (the Guitar Hero, the Dancing Queen, and the Used Car Salesman), an authentic representation of her own funny experiences with identity: fractured, malleable, theatrical, and very queer. She explains, “When Maddie and I made the video, I had just read (with great delight) Jia Tolentino’s Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion. She says in her introduction, “These are the prisms through which I have come to know myself. In this book, I tried to undo their acts of refraction. I wanted to see the way I would see in a mirror. It’s possible I painted an elaborate mural instead.” I think that the “Tough Love” video achieves something quite similar. It was also a great excuse to walk down Lincoln Blvd at peak rush hour and wink at people while wearing a huge coat. In that moment, I was but a Simple Man on his way to work; and it was the most hilariously confident I’ve felt in a while.”