‘[Annie Taylor are] hitting all the right notes in creating their objective ‘girl grunge meets psychedelic rock with a touch of cheesy darkpop’.’
Annie Taylor are a four-piece band that does not include any band members called Annie or with the surname Taylor, we’re confused but we damn well don’t care because they’re hitting all the right notes in creating their objective ‘girl grunge meets psychedelic rock with a touch of cheesy darkpop’.
‘[Opening Track ‘Under Your Spell’ features] lead guitar layering throughout the track at times feeling like a line of Johnny Marr’s whilst at others feeling and soloing like Noel Gallagher.’
Annie Taylor open with the first single from the EP ‘Under Your Spell’ which sets itself apart from just another female fronted grunge band with jangly but deliberate lead guitar layering throughout the track at times feeling like a line of Johnny Marr’s whilst at others feeling and soloing like Noel Gallagher. ‘Under Your Spell’ is one to bring about a head nod in any listener which makes it an obvious place to open the EP and drop as the first single.
‘[Track ‘Not Yours’ is] as close to indie pop that Annie Taylor will release with the buoyant upbeat tempo and cartoon-like lead guitar.’
By Track 2 we’re on to the title track of the EP ‘Not Yours!’ and we’re as close to indie pop that Annie Taylor will release with the buoyant upbeat tempo and cartoon-like lead guitar; yeah, we love Annie Taylor’s lead guitar work, in a world where we’re over saturated by high quality music you need to stand out and this is on of the key ways Annie Taylor have managed to. Similarly to ‘Under Your Spell’, ‘Not Yours’ the tempo drops to a drawn out vocal awash with reverb partially emulating indie-grunge hitmakers Wolf Alice.
‘S.L.E.E.P. is the most uncomfortable track from the album but with a world of mental health and anxiety it may be the most necessary and relatable.’
S.L.E.E.P. is the most recent single of Annie Taylor’s and is the last single from the EP and fits their guise of ‘darkpop’. S.L.E.E.P. is a slow drone like number trudging through with zombified sung vocals personifying the late refrain of ‘I need more sleep’. S.L.E.E.P. is the most uncomfortable track from the album but with a world of mental health and anxiety it may be the most necessary and relatable.
Aerglo is the mid paced all-rounder of the EP and for that reason is probably the least memorable. On many EP’s Aerglo would have fared much better but in such a strong EP the track being neither dower nor upbeat leaves it unsure of its place; Aerglo isn’t a track you’ll skip when listening to the EP but its not going to be your favourite either. That said the extended outro of Aerglo features distorted bass leading the rhythm section and guitar work creating an Oasis ‘Definitely Maybe’ revisited for the modern generation vibe; adding flickers of gold like this throughout the EP shows the band have much more to give… What will future releasing sound like?
Closing the EP Annie Taylor add the confusingly named ‘Deeper (Bonus Track)’ but it feels like ‘Deeper’ is part of the general release and not a ‘bonus’. Gini speaks on a personal level presumably using her own experiences opening with the line ‘Dig a little bit deeper, before you label me.’ Again ‘Deeper’ feels like its channeling Wolf Alice and Oasis which works to create a stand out sound, it’s probable neither of the aforementioned bands have been a direct influence on each other so doesn’t feel stolen or complete plagiarism. ‘Not Yours! EP’ feels like a band that have more to come, it’s an EP with clear ideas feeling like the next logical step is a longer release which will allow further exploration and solidifying of their sound.
Label: Taxi Gauche Records
Released: 26 April 2019
Words: James Wadsworth @jamespart31