True to her name, from the greek foundation of the word anarchism - "an archos": without rulers or leaders, the Stockholm-based musician, composer and producer Anna Arco is a devoted DIY-artist. Her dark, melodic and experimental pop music holds elements of both hip hop, jazz and electronica - or as an Italian metal magazine wrote about her album Sad Secret Songs: "It is certainly not metal or rock , but those who are passionate about good music will find this album excellent."
Shortly after recording her debut single The Ocean in the Ingrid-studio in Stockholm she released her critically acclaimed debut album Songs within the Spectrum. She has since then played numerous live shows with her all star-band at venues such as Fasching and Oceanen and collaborated with the award-winning string collective Migdal Strings.
In 2021 Arco returned with her second album Sad Secret Songs where she transformed the grief of losing her best friend into sad songs. The album has been played on Swedish national radio and ended up on both HYMN's Best Swedish Album of the Year-list and Australian Women in Pop's 50 Top Tracks of 2021. Arco is now working on her third album, the final part in the Songs-trilogy.
Arco was born in Uppsala, Sweden in 1991. She is an educated jazz musician and has a Master's Degree in Jazz Vocals from the
Royal College of Music in Stockholm. For her work with equality in the music business she has received an award from the
Swedish Musicians Union and the annual prize Impra Guld.
ANNA ARCO IN THE PRESS
”Her jazzy artpop is chiseled to perfection. Poignant melodies, epicity and excruciating sweetness are the cardinal points to which she refers to move in an interesting and never repetitive sonic landscape.”
- Rumore Magazine (IT)
”Dreamlike melodies that seems destined for the soundtrack of one of those fashionable Nordic Noir-series with blood on the snow.”
"You cannot fail to be amazed by so much grace and sincerity which tickles the ear with sweet musical influences. This sound must be listened to."
”A cathartic album that moves between visceral beats, emotive ballads and dark electro-synth. Mesmerising, heartbreaking, challenging and soul wrenchingly beautiful. Sad Secret Songs is undoubtedly her finest work to date. The type of album you need to - and want to - listen to from beginning to end.”
- Women in Pop Magazine (AUS)