Annie Eve - Southern (Single Review)

Annie Eve – Southern (Single Review)

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22 year old singer songwriter Annie Eve is gearing up to the release of her second EP, ‘Feversome’, on March 31st via Young & Lost Club. This young musician has already built up an impressive résumé, having toured with the likes of Daughter, Fionn Regan, Little Green Cars and, more recently, Matt Corby on his sell out UK tour.

Annie’s self-titled debut EP, released last year, picked up support from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, 6 Music, XFM, Drowned in Sound, This is Fake DIY and The 405 among others. She is currently touring with Communion’s ‘New Faces’ Tour, and was also selected for the ‘Breaking Act’ slot in the Sunday Times earlier this month.

At age 13, Annie’s brother taught her to play their father’s Spanish guitar, and her love of music blossomed. First with old blues artists like John Lee Hooker and Robert Johnson, moving on to being influenced by artists like Patti Smith and Amy Winehouse; drawn towards “women who wore their hearts on their sleeve and weren’t afraid to write wildly!”

Annie has written every track on the EP and plays every instrument (with the exception of slide guitar) herself.

Lead single ‘Southern’ has been released along with an accompanying video produced by Youth Hymns, with Annie’s easy, laid-back vocals almost conversational, like merely talking to an old friend. She possesses one of those half-mumbled, breathy voices that make you want to run through a cornfield and wear white cotton dresses.

This kind of dreamy, nostalgic, acoustic songwriting is so hot right now that any more of it risks becoming nothing more than white noise, but there’s something else here. Something a little more edgy, something darker, like a raincloud on the horizon. Paired with her Avril Lavine-esque look – heavy eyeliner matched with a beanie hat – it all adds to the sense that she’s not quite the good-girl this song may alude to at first.

The track is gorgeous, emotive and passionate, but it’s that slightly ominous edge, the promise of something more under the surface that will make Annie stand out from her peers. But it’s a promise she’ll have to deliver on to stay ahead of the crowd.