Anna Domino

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Anna Domino
Birth name Anna Virginia Taylor
Also known as Anna Virginia Taylor Delory
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Alternative rock
Art rock
Dance Music
Pop rock
Occupations Musician, Vocalist, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Years active 1984–current
Labels Crépuscule
EnT-T
Associated acts Snakefarm
Website Facebook page
Notable instruments
Keyboards, guitar, accordion

Anna Domino (born Anna Virginia Taylor) is a Tokyo-born indie rock artist who has released several albums under that moniker, notably for Les Disques du Crepuscule and Factory Records. Notable performers Domino has collaborated with include The The, Blaine L. Reininger and Virginia Astley. She is also one half of the duo Snakefarm. Additionally, she sang lead vocals on the song "Here In My Heart" by The 6ths on their album Wasps' Nests.

Her stage name is a play on the term Anno Domini, and an American sugar brand.

Background[edit]

Domino was born an army brat in Tokyo, Japan to an artistically-inclined family who particularly enjoyed singing.[1] Her father, James J. Taylor, was in the United States Army before he became a videographer in Washington, D.C.; her mother, Mimi Cazort, is curator emerita for National Gallery of Canada. Her brother, Alan Taylor, is a well-known film and television director.

Being part of a military family, Domino has lived in various places around the world — Ann Arbor, Michigan, Florence, Italy and Ottawa, Canada.[2] She eventually settled in New York, where she became a fashion designer.

Recordings[edit]

Solo[edit]

Early in her career, Domino sang with a number of New York City bands, but didn't catch the attention of American record labels until she had released several albums with the Belgian record label Les Disques du Crépuscule, releasing a single in 1983, Trust In Love. Two E.P. releases, East and West and Rythm, followed in short order. In 1986, her first complete album Anna Domino was released. In 1987, she met Michel Delory, guitarist for Bel Canto and Univers Zéro, and they collaborated on her second album This Time, which received positive critical attention and airplay in Japan. In 1989, Domino released another E.P., Colouring In the Edge and the Outline followed by her third album Mysteries of America in 1990. Since then Domino has not release any further albums under her own name, other than compilations and re-releases.

Twenty years after her last release, on June 2010, Domino released a new single, Blood Makes Noise. The single (originally by American singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega) is a part of Allergy To Consciousness, a singles series released on alternative/minimalist independent music label EnT-T.

On January 2012, she collaborated with producer/remixer Dub Mentor on the single Johnny - which is based on the traditional When Johnny Comes Marching Home and Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya (also released on EnT-T). Domino also made the video clip for the song.

Snakefarm[edit]

In 1999 Domino and Delory formed the folk rock alternative outfit Snakefarm, and released the album Songs From My Funeral, a collection of murder ballads from the 1920s to the 1950s. Their second album My Halo At Half-Light was released on October 11, 2011.[3]

Selected discography[edit]

Anna Domino[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • East and West (Crépuscule, 1984)
  • Anna Domino (Crépuscule, 1986)
  • This Time (Crépuscule, 1987)
  • Colouring in the Edge and the Outline (mini album, Crépuscule, 1988)
  • L'Amour fou (compilation, Crépuscule, 1989)
  • Mysteries of America (Crépuscule, 1990)
  • Favourite Songs from the Twilight Years (US-compilation - Janken Pon, 1997)
  • Dreamback: Best Of (LTM, 2004)

Singles[edit]

  • Blood Makes Noise (EnT-T, 2010)
  • Johnny (EnT-T, 2012)

12" Singles[edit]

  • Trust in love / Repeating (Crépuscule, 1983)
  • Rythm / Target (Crépuscule, 1984)
  • Take that / Koo Koo (Crépuscule, 1985)
  • Lake / Hammer (Crépuscule, 1987)
  • Tempting / Always Always (Crépuscule, 1988)

Vinyl releases on Factory Records[edit]

  • FACT 165 Anna Domino LP
  • FAC 158 Summer (Arthur Baker Remix) / Summer (Arthur Baker Instrumental) 12"
  • FAC 158/7 Summer (Arthur Baker Remix) / The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game 7" (A side is edited version)[4]

Snakefarm[edit]

  • Songs From My Funeral (Kneeling Elephant, 1999)
  • My Halo At Half-Light (Fledg'ling Records 2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anthony, Ted (2007). Chasing the rising sun : the journey of an American song. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-7898-4. "My grandparents, after a particularly good meal, would sing all sixty-three verses of whatever song came into their heads." 
  2. ^ Thompson, Dave (2000). Alternative rock : [great musicians, influential groups : 7000 recordings reviewed & rated]. San Francisco: Miller Freeman. p. 337. ISBN 978-0-87930-607-6. "When I was small, my family moved around a lot" 
  3. ^ "Snakefarm - My Halo At Half-Light CD". CD Universe. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vinylnet Record Label Discographies". 

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