Release: Annabel Allum unveils new EP ‘Gravel Not The Grave’
This is the first time I’ve had to write on the blog for fucking, well, a long time. It has just been that busy. Rob, our resident Disney prince and all-round likeable person, has fucking run away to become a primary school teacher. I have a new person to the left of me and centre of me (Kirsty and Yos respectively. You’ll meet them soon if you haven’t already). Sam “The Hong” is up to bloody all-sorts. Other stuff has also happened, but I have fuck-all time to tell you. Given it has been a fun but tough summer, I am aware that time is a finite commodity and one that should not be wasted via the amount of shit I tend to talk’n’type about. Let’s keep it personal and I’ll tell you anything you want to know in person. If we’re friends, of course. If not, you probably won’t read this anyway, so it’s all good. In the meantime, get familiar with the latest Annabel Allum effort which, mereckons, is her finest work to-date. It’s about growing up and cutting out the bullshit, both externally and internally. Something I am sure we can all relate to and/or use more of.
ANNABEL ALLUM RELEASES HER RAZOR-SHARP ‘GRAVEL NOT THE GRAVE’ EP TODAY VIA KILLING MOON
“Raucous, tongue-in-cheek… filled with grit” – The FADER
“buzzsaw blasts reminiscent of Elastica in their mid-90s heyday” – NME
“Courtney Barnett on a Kill Bill style vengeance mission” – DIY
“Her playfully literate lyrical sensibility recalls Courtney Barnett, but with a slightly dreamier sound” – Clash
“Allum’s got a bit of a Kurt Cobain/early PJ Harvey thing going on which we love” – The Independent
“Making a name for herself with her affable and relatable brand of slacker rock…Allum is as sure a thing as you can count on in this age of uncertainty” – The Line of Best Fit
Annabel Allum’s startling development from punk-folk roots to slacker-pop sensation continues to gather pace as she gears up to release her new EP Gravel Not The Grave, out today.
Thematically linked all the way through, Annabel uses each song to tell a short story, all linking together to weave a treatise on personal and societal change. She documents the listen as such: “You are immersed in the process of revolutionising one’s life. Conceptually it’s about getting up and changing the thing you’re most miserable about, whether that be an unhealthy relationship, political injustice, or addiction.”
Swapping shows at local pubs in her hometown six nights a week for acclaimed performances around the world, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the rise of the emerging songwriter. Her glaring potential continues to show few boundaries, with the Guildford native’s fierce indie licks scrawled across an expanding punk repertoire of vital, snarling songs that resonate deeply throughout her growing fan base.
Long marked out as one to watch, the swell of praise for Annabel Allum from all corners is resounding. Long-time championed by BBC Radio 1 (Huw Stephens, Jack Saunders), she’s hit the daytime playlist, performed a live session at the iconic Maida Vale studios and featured on their SXSW stage, a festival she’s now taken by storm twice. Other notable shows include a dream-come-true emotional performance at Reading festival, as well as The Great Escape & Live At Leeds.
Tours with Nadine Shah, Alex Lahey and Beth Ditto have been the perfect way to cut her teeth in the presence of esteemed artists, each offering their own sage advice, with several more opportunities lined up this autumn. She’s now passing on her own influence as a growing artist by curating her own Perceptible Festival in Guildford this September.
Press-wise, commendation is significant, key praise coming from FADER, DIY, The Independent, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash and NME, who named the British singer-songwriter as one of their top discoveries at SXSW earlier this year.
Beyond music Annabel keeps a well maintained, genuine aesthetic – leading to deals with indie clothing companies Bastien Classics and Cheap Monday. She has also had acoustic tracks included in feature film Spaceship (BFI, BBC).
Recorded with Adrian Hall (Goldfrapp, Anna Calvi, Du Blonde), Gravel Not The Grave promises to be the most comprehensive example of her sound and style to date. In support of the release Annabel will be undertaking a headline tour this autumn, dates below.
Gravel Not The Grave EP by Annabel Allum is out September 13th via Killing Moon Records.
Gravel Not The Grave (EP) Tracklist
01 Baby Berlin
02 Time To Go / Estivation
03 When The Wind Stopped
04 You Got It Go
05 Altar To Alter
06 Not Where You Pretend You Are
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22nd September – Perceptible Festival, The Boileroom, Guildford
26th September – Moles, Bath
18th-19th October – Wild Paths