Copenhagen’s Anima & Ennui Glow with New Age Spirituality in “My Sun, My Moon”

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Anima & Ennui thrive in their ethereal sophomore single “My Sun, My Moon,” a hypnotic song blending dreams with reality, light with darkness, and folk with electronics in a provocative display of musicality and mystery.
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In introducing Copenhagen-based band Anima & Ennui last April, Atwood Magazine described the group’s music as a mixture of “dark pathos and a dream-like folk earthiness.” Their debut single “Nothing Better” is sweet, yet subtle; haunting, yet rejuvenating – a “breathgiving embrace of life’s precious, overwhelming beauty: A call not only to choose existence and being, but to thrive.”

Anima & Ennui continue to thrive in their ethereal sophomore single “My Sun, My Moon,” a hypnotic song blending dreams with reality, light with darkness, and folk with electronics in a provocative display of musicality and mystery.

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Here comes my moon
Here comes my
Here comes my moon
Moon, moon
Here comes my sun
Here comes my
Here comes my sun
Sun, sun

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “My Sun, My Moon,” Anima & Ennui’s long-awaited sophomore single. Released a full ten months after “Nothing Better,” “My Sun, My Moon” arrives alongside the announcement of Anima & Ennui’s debut album An & En, set for release May 1, 2020 via the band’s own collective/label, soulpod collective.

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Anima & Ennui © Mandy Rep



“We recently coined soulpod collective. as a collective/record label that Anima & Ennui and Talitha Ferri are releasing each project’s debut album simultaneously through,” the four-piece explains. “The surface idea is that it is the same four of us in each band [Joseph Willem Ricci, Talitha Ferri, Janus Jakobsen, and Jamie Metcalfe], so it is a unifying name for the two bands. The deeper idea is that, although separate, each album and project is related, explores similar emotional space, and provides context to the other. Soulpod is a term coined by Ram Dass, kind of an extrapolation of the meaning soul mate to include a ‘pod’ of people. A pod of people that are in some way meant to be together and elevate each other to higher levels of being.”

Clearly, Anima & Ennui are in it for more than just the “long haul.” The band, originally the moniker for Boston-bred songwriter Joseph Willem Ricci, has since taken on a spirit of its own in accordance with the music it makes: Spiritual, connected, and rooted in something deeper than the individual. Even the group’s lyrics capture a sense of purpose in our interconnectedness:

When I was getting lost
in the valley below
(Here comes my moon)
You saw me standing there
and you, you took me home
You took me home
(Here comes my moon)
(Moon) (Moon)
Then came another pull
from a shining other one
(Here comes my sun)
But you my moon stayed
close to me as I orbited
Orbited the sun
(Here comes my sun)

(Sun) (Sun)

Shrouded in a feeling of mystery, “My Sun, My Moon” taps into the senses more than it does with any single message. The song, driven by percussive acoustic guitar lines and buffeted by violin riffs, synth swirls, and sundry other sounds, is as much an experience as it is anything else: It’s something to be felt deeper inside.

Anima & Ennui © Mandy Rep

Anima & Ennui © Mandy Rep



Ricci describes the band’s sophomore song as “the manifestation of dreams in reality,” and we can’t think of a better and more suitable phrasing. “It sounds spiritual in a new-age kind of way; impossible, for the rationally minded, a camp of which I believe I’m one,” he notes. “Nonetheless, there have been a few moments in my life when my inner psychological state seemed to manifest in the world in an undeniably causal way. Something like the feeling of déjà vu, but bigger. Soul shaking.”

The Anima & Ennui artist continues: “‘My Sun, My Moon’ was written years after one of these powerful moments when dream and reality seemed to collapse into each other. It was written after the resulting cognitive dissonance had subsided and I was no longer grasping for explanations. It was written to accept that this mysterious event occurred, and to preserve the magic that mystery creates. The magic of not knowing how. It was written for the preservation of magic.”

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com