Less than a year on from her critically acclaimed debut EP Stardive, which saw her garner support from Highsnobiety, Earmilk, BBC 1Xtra, Okayplayer, C-Heads Magazine, and RnBass, among others, and on the back of lead single ‘Doll’, which was backed by Schön Magazine, Still Crew and Fashionably-Early, to mention a few, Los Angeles singer, songwriter and producer ADANNA DURU is proud to unveil her exciting new sophomore EP Manic Pixie Dreamgirl, premiered via LA Weekly, and out now on all streaming platforms.
Written by Adanna Duru herself, she also co-produced the 7-track EP with longtime collaborators Wiidope (Esperanza Spalding, Nicole Scherzinger, Todrick Hall), burgeoning musician Ear Mac, who collaborated on four tracks on this project, Dauman Records’ Nick Jameson, and indietronica powerhouse Clearside, as heard on Silicon Valley, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, among others. The Manic Pixie Dreamgirl EP is Adanna’s most progressive and eclectic offering yet, and it sees the LA native at her most expansive, emotive and honest.
From the dreamy ethereal opener and title track ‘Manic Pixie Dreamgirl’ about overcoming rejection, and the thumping synth-heavy ‘One Way Street’ which addresses just how fake the music industry can be, to the infectious piano and drums led ‘Too Late’ and the Destiny’s Child ‘Bills, Bills Bills’ inspired ‘Dreams That Keep You Up At Night’, to the atmospheric R&B bop ‘Doll’ about refusing to be a ‘trophy wife’, Adanna has put together an impeccable and captivating set of songs, in what is sure to one of your favourite R&B projects of the year.
Speaking about the inspiration for her Manic Pixie Dreamgirl EP, Adanna Duru says, “I am a manic pixie dreamgirl. The first time I heard the term was in one of my creative writing courses at University of California, Riverside, I instantly felt connected to who she was. She is very weird and quirky, but also stunning and unique; overlooked because of how different she is. However, her downfall is that her story is never developed. We only see her from the perspective of the male protagonist. We don’t get to see her past, her desires, her struggles, or her dreams”.
Exploring the ‘Manic Pixie Dreamgirl’ figure further and how she relates to her, Adanna adds that, “All we see is that she is desirable. An item. I think a lot of women relate to this role, but I felt especially drawn to her because she’s usually a weirdo. I am embracing all of my setbacks on this EP, realizing that my experiences only teach me how to understand other people better. I have a passion for understanding people’s stories. I am so unapologetically me, and I used to feel out of place because of that fact. But I am just becoming the woman that God says I am”.
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