LA-based Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Anna Margo expands her musical horizons on her new single “Know You,” an emotionally distant piano ballad that’s as intimate as it is vulnerable. Written and produced by Margo, the song calls back to her musical upbringing comprised of time spent playing and listening to classical musicians such as Bach, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff. Despite being primarily pop-leaning in her first two singles, “Know You” stretches her reach artistically and demonstrates a propensity to use the piano as an extension of herself.
Lyrically, Margo laments with echo chamber vocals wanting more out of love, but not knowing how to open yourself. Lines such as “Please don’t take one step closer” and “If only you knew how bad I want to” punctuate the uncertainty at the core through rather simplistic writing. And as the track expands into an accompanying acoustic guitar lead, Margo matches the newfound intensity with equally passionate backing vocals. The result is a profoundly personal “confession of love, in the form [of] a warning,” as Margo herself puts it.
Moreover, there’s also a cinematic quality to the song’s emotional climax, which most likely derives from points of influence through Hans Zimmer and Ramin Djawadi. But for all tense and purposes, the music is hers and hers only. Solely based on musicality, Anna Margo is behind every aspect, from writing to performing, no doubt due to her time spent homeschooled playing piano and eventually studying at Berklee College of Music. By starting her career with a strong background in music, Margo can compose her songs on any level, allowing her to communicate effectively and emotionally as if she’s been releasing music for years.
Words: David Sosa