London-based singer/songwriter Annie Eve’s haunting voice sounds as if Marissa Nadler pursued a more familiar set of alternative-folk. It’s a mighty fine comparison for a 21-year-old who’s just starting her rise to the top. Learning guitar at age 13, Annie first found a love in classic blues artists like Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker, .influences that still permeate throughout her sound, particularly in the barren corners of her emotional delivery. She touts a Lana Del Rey nonchalance, but with the melodic strength of a Marissa Nadler and the raw emotion of old-fashioned blues. “There’s a fire in every boy I take to bed,” she creaks over a whirring synth pad and anticipatory percussion on “Hunters”, one of her most barren but emotionally strong tracks. “Elvis” is more accessible in its melodic delivery, even as the lyrical presentation depicts a harrowing violent relationship, and the helplessness that ensues. Annie shows a mature sound for any age, much less at 21 years old. Her penchant for emotionally sincere, melodically resonating folk music should continue to guide her ascent. Stream her EP in full here.
Annie Eve Live Dates
Fri 26 Jul – Lounge On The Farm Festival, Canterbury
Sun 28 Jul – Secret Garden Party Festival, Huntingdon
Sat 3 Aug – Belladrum Festival, Invernes
Thu 19 Sept – St Pancras Old Church