Anna Of The North’s “Playing Games” Is Synth-Pop Perfection

Mike Wass | August 16, 2019 1:27 am
Anna Of The North's 'Used To Be'
The Norwegian pop star teases her sophomore LP with the melancholy 'Used To Be.'

Anna Of The North’s sophomore LP is shaping up to be one of the best albums of 2019. The Norwegian pop star first teased the project with a blissful bop called “Leaning On Myself” and then backed it up with a pair of synth-pop gems. “Used To Be” found Anna at her most melancholy, while the upbeat “Thank Me Later” showcased the singer’s sunnier side. Her latest track falls somewhere in the middle. “Playing Games” is a rush of synths and hooks, but there’s something a little darker hiding beneath the surface.

“I’ve been playing games with your heart to keep you close when we’re apart,” she sings on the chorus. “Make you jealous so I know I still got you when I’m at home.” Anna ultimately confesses to an ulterior motive for the messing with her boyfriend’s emotions. “I don’t want you to be with someone new, so I’m sorry, I’m sorry.” The “Baby” hitmaker is riding a wave of momentum in the wake of “Lovers” going viral after being featured on Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Listen to her next hit below.

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