This Israeli-French singer-songwriter seems not to care much about being pigeonholed in any particular genre. She veers comfortably between avant-garde rock, folk, Europop and electronica without seeming pretentious at all—at least that is what we get from her 2007 self-titled debut and “My Name Is Trouble,” the first single from her upcoming follow-up “101” (Blue Note).
“Trouble” blends elements from dance and cinema noir—the lyrics talk about having ‘blood in my makeup and blood in my hands” without a shred of guilt (listen to the track on her website kerenann.com). The rest of the disc also has some very interesting tracks, such as “White Album”-era Beatles-inspired “Run with You” (impossible not to think of “I’m So Tired” when hearing it) and the syncopated title track.
Ann is an accomplished studio musician who has collaborated with the likes of Barði Jóhannson on “Lady and Bird” and singer-actress Emmanuelle Seigner (the wife of Roman Polanski). She has also worked behind the scenes as a producer, and her songs have been featured on US shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and HBO’s “Six Feet Under.” Let’s hope she sounds as good live as she does on disc. (Ernest Barteldes)
June 13 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 North Lincoln, (773)525-2508, 8pm. $12-$14.