Anoushka Shankar Releases "Sister Susannah" New Single from Forthcoming Release: Love Letters P.S. Out this June

Seven-time Grammy Award-nominated sitarist, composer and producer Anoushka Shankar announces a stunning new digital release Love Letters P.S., out on 4th June 2021 on Decca Records Group imprint Mercury KX. The new digital release follows on from the original Love Letters EP released in February 2020 and includes four new tracks: two remixes from composer-producers Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Sandunes and two brand new songs.

For Love Letters P.S., Anoushka is joined by a stellar line-up of female collaborators including singer, songwriter and pianist Norah Jones, singer, co-producer and co-writer Alev Lenz, singer and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson and mastering engineer Heba Kadry (Björk, Slowdive) alongside Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Sandunes. Celebrated, best-selling poet Nikita Gill contributes the spoken word poem to 'Sister Susannah' - her first foray into music.

To mark International Women's Day, Anoushka announced the release of her brand-new track 'Sister Susannah', available to stream and download now (Monday 22nd March). The track features Anoushka on sitar and spoken word, reciting a chilling poem by Nikita Gill written from the point of view of a controlling man to his partner. Joining Anoushka on the track are Nina Harries, co-writer Alev Lenz and Anandi Bhattacharya providing additional vocals and Manu Delago on percussion.

Anoushka was prompted to release the track after seeing how women were disproportionately affected by the pandemic and learning domestic violence increased significantly during lockdown.

Anoushka says, "'Sister Susannah' highlights the ways in which victims of abuse and domestic abuse are verbally and physically broken down by their abusers. Over the last year the world has experienced so many personal and collective traumas. Whereas the songs on Love Letters were written before the pandemic and in a time of personal difficulty, whilst making Love Letters P.S. I was more conscious of the universality of certain experiences and how viscerally women in particular had responded to Love Letters performed live.

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