New York/Philadelphia viral sensation Anna Shoemaker is back at it with a new music video for her single “Funny.” The viral sensation turned alt-pop star leans on her relaxed yet intoxicatingly rhythmic music style to deliver a fun performance that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The fat bassline that pounds away throughout the song provides a strong foundation for the subtle guitar embellishments and delicate snare taps; as the music progresses, Shoemaker’s sticky vocal refrains do their job by hooking the listener to the beat. A SoundCloud mashup of Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” and Chance the Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses” turned Shoemaker into a viral sensation 5 years ago, and in "Funny" her style is clearly defined.
The music video for the new song is, of course, just as light-hearted as it needs to be: frame by frame Shoemaker is placed in various TV show scenarios as she watches from her room, from Jerry Springer-type spoofs to newscasts, she makes the scene her own. Anna’s music is purely enjoyable because of its honest nature, and the singer’s unwillingness to conform to some pop mold to fit in—Anna Shoemaker is an artist working hard, enjoying the ride, and delivering good tunes.
“Funny” was written alongside Shoemaker’s friend, Chicago surging artist Alexander 23, and as she explains, “This song in a sense is a sort of joke, I was in this relationship where we were fighting and disagreeing so much it started to be funny.” As funny as the track is, it is quite seriously good and is a great way to start the year for the singer-songwriter. Shoemaker’s follow up to her 2018 record East Side is in the works for 2020, for now, she is enjoying her success and continuing to put the work in.