Annabel Allum is an effortlessly cool Guildford based artist with a talent for songwriting, accompanied by stunning yet edgy vocals. Her first EP ‘Absent’ was released in August 2015 and she’s since gone on to release a series of alternative indie bangers.
The single ‘Beat the Birds’ was released in January this year and gained plenty of media attention. It was named by Huw Stephens as his BBC Radio 1 Track of the Week, as well as being named BBC Introducing’s Tip of the Week, and was John Kennedy’s Recommended Track on Radio X.
Annabel’s latest single ‘Rascal’ was released on 22nd March after being premiered on BBC Radio 1 and featured on The Independent, it’s the second release from her forthcoming EP.
The song starts out with soft catchy guitar chords along with Annabel’s honest and raw lyrics. It then builds up into the chorus with a catchy melody and soaring vocals creating a super passionate tune. In live performances, Allum is the kind of act to transport you to a heavenly dreamscape as you sing along to every word that hits close to home
Commenting on the track Annabel says: “‘Rascal’ pinpoints a phase in time when it felt like no matter what I was doing, it wouldn’t be alright. Trying to look after myself, the people close to me, the people around me, and never finding a balance in any of it.
“I would either give too much or nothing at all. I still do that. It’s quite a sad song. Self-scrutiny, really. I guess I’m just still learning that it’s OK to not be able to please everyone all the time.”
Essentially, the song is an emotional indie ballad highlighting the difficulty of self-acceptance and battling the demons that we all have to face and I absolutely love it. It’s one of those songs you can listen to on repeat without getting bored or having the lyrics lose their meaning, which is exactly what I’ve been doing.
Annabel Allum’s EP is set to be released later this year and you can catch her live on the following dates:
24th April – Siren Festival 2018 London Preview, Birthday’s Dalston
24th August – Reading Festival
Words by Mollie Yates