Annie Eve
Sunday ’91

Annie Eve — Sunday ’91 (August 25, 2014)

             Annie Eve — Sunday ’91 
• •   Album Annie Evy má všechny krásné ochranné známky prvního EP. Hushed, melancholic folktronica from this North London singer/songwriter. Pokud máš rád umělce jako: Laura Marling, Lucy Rose a Bon Iver, je tvoje.
• •   Produkce je vrstvená, atmosférická a okouzlující. An inward–looking, slightly sleepy but still bewitching debut effort. Ta holka opravdu umí zpívat — její melodie na "Ropes" je jemná, úchvatná jako babí léto natažené přes železné zábradlí. Je to hlas, který dělá "Sunday ’91" dokonalé do deštivého večera v roce, když jste příliš starý na "Twilight" a příliš líný na Sylvii Plath. Je to krásné, srdcervoucí album.
Location: North London, UK
Album release: August 25, 2014
Record Label: Sound Wave Music 5 Limited/Mouth to Mouth Records/Sony Red
Duration:     43:05
01 Animal     4:59
02 Bodyweight     4:23
03 August     4:11
04 Bedtime     3:45
05 Ropes     4:13
06 Dark Rooms     3:09
07 Crisis     3:36
08 Kid Meets World     5:01
09 Creature     3:59
10 Basement     4:49
℗ 2014 Sound Wave Music 5 Limited
By BEATANDSOUND, September 7, 2014. SCORE: 8/10
• •   It is unlikely you have heard of Annie Eve, but she is someone you need to get to know now. We may have not of heard of her because she’s British, but it’s more likely because PR companies have failed to pick up on her talent as a singer songwriter. For whatever reason, this is one young lady you do not want to look past.
• •   Sunday 91′ is Annie Eve’s debut album and it’s complete with sweet melodies, raw vocals and honest lyrics. It’s the kind of record you want to put in your record player on an early Sunday spring morning. It’s relaxing, beautiful and don’t be surprised if you find yourself staring out the window while holding a cup of tea or coffee. It has that kind of effect.
• •   If you are a fan of Laura Marling, Bon Iver or Daughter you will find Annie Eve melting your heart in no time. The cute melodies will make your heart smile, while her vocals and lyrics will make your heart feel a sense of loss and loneliness. It may be a strange combination but there is something beautifully charming and timeless about it.
• •   As far as debut’s go, it is an impressive leap into the musical world and it’s an exciting indication of what she will be capable of in the future as she continues to harness her talent to create more powerful and timeless music. ::
By John Murphy | posted on 3 Sep 2014 | Score: ***½
• •   Annie Eve‘s debut album exudes a warm air of familiarity which could play to both its advantage and its disadvantage. On the one hand, this is a solid, assured record full of accessible, if downbeat, songs that are bound to appeal to anyone who loves artists such as Laura Marling, Lucy Rose and Bon Iver. On the other, if you’ve rather had your fill of introspective melancholia by now, there may not be that much to tempt you to explore much further.
• •   If the latter holds true to some, that would be a shame — Sunday 91 may seem to have all the trappings of a typical ‘sensitive singer–songwriter’ but deeper exploration reveals something far more interesting. There are very few songs on this debut that feature just Eve and an acoustic guitar for example: the production is layered, atmospheric and mesmerising, with early song Bodyweight being a good example. It may start off with a pretty piece of finger–picking acoustic, but a swampy slide guitar and echoing backing vocals soon transport it to a place of longing and yearning.
• •   Many of Sunday 91’s tracks follow a similar template — quiet, hushed introduction which usually explodes into life halfway through the song. Ropes begins as a dead–ringer for Laura Marling’s more recent work (even Eve’s vocal phrasings seem to echo Marling’s at time) before expertly mutating into a country–rock jam, while Kid Meets World is a beautifully restrained number featuring an hypnotic guitar line and a beautifully mournful vocal from Eve as she intones lyrics like “you’d better get used to it kid, it’s probably gonna hurt….”). And like Marling, the material belies her relatively tender age of 22: at times, she sounds so world–weary, you’d swear this was the work of a grizzled veteran.
• •   There’s no obvious single on display — except for maybe the aforementioned Bodyweight, with its naggingly insistent hook of “twisted…twisted…my mind’s twisted” — as this is more of an album to sink into, to fully immerse yourself in to let these songs soak into you. Eve has a terrific voice: while it could never be described as a classically strong vocal, she imbues every note of emotion into each song. There’s a palpable sense of sadness, longing and regret written all over tracks like August, Rooms and Kid Meets World, and that’s in no short part due to Eve’s distinctive vocals.
• •   There’s also something distinctively unstarry and refreshingly modest about Sunday 91’s release — considering the early buzz that Eve built up by releasing her demos on Soundcloud and relentlessly gigging around London for the last couple of years, her debut has just slipped out with little fanfare. The unusual lack of hype points towards Eve being destined for a career of longevity, an albums artist in the truest sense of the word.
• •   Some people may find Sunday 91 a bit too melancholic, and maybe a bit too in thrall to the likes of Bon Iver and Laura Marling to stand up on her own merits — and it’s true to say that some of the tracks seem to mesh into each other at times. Yet there’s enough of Eve’s own personality stamped on this record to suggest that this could be just the first chapter in a future long and successful career.
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Review by Timothy Monger; Score: ***
• •   North London songstress Annie Eve delivers a hushed, melancholic debut full of meandering thoughts and heavy moods. Preceded by a pair of EPs, Sunday '91 furthers her inward explorations against a palette of deeply textured sonic ear candy that often threatens to overshadow the songwriting itself. Stripped of their haunted facade and murky reverb treatments, these ten songs are for the most part decently crafted exercises in sadness and existential woe, languidly picked and delicately mumbled in a style that will appeal to fans of rainy–day acts like Daughter, Soak, and Bon Iver, the latter of whom she cites as a major influence. The material is obviously personal, but feels somewhat undistinguished, making it difficult to set Eve apart from the myriad of other maudlin young songwriters writing in this style and drawing from the same well of influences. Making music that feels moody and downcast isn't so hard, but harnessing the massive power and depth of those emotions, especially in a subtle way, is what keeps listeners returning again and again to artists Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake. As with any style of music, a certain personality or poetic mastery of the craft is what truly sets an artist apart. Eve has plenty of potential and is at her best on the more melodic fare, like the wistful folk gem "August" or the dreamy, uptempo "Basement." The aforementioned sonic ear candy, courtesy of producer Jolyon Thomas, does add plenty of mystique to Sunday '91 and helps to keep it moving forward in places, but ultimately it suffers from a lack of identity.
Artist Biography by Timothy Monger
• •   Sunday '91 British singer/songwriter Annie Eve creates a type of hushed folktronica that is both thoughtful and slightly melancholic. Following an interest in music all through her teenage years in North London, she assembled her first band just out of university. Becoming immersed in the scene based around Notting Hill's Communion Nights, she found herself supporting acts like Fionn Regan and Daughter. • •   Her raised profile led to the 2013 release of her debut self–titled EP on Young and Lost Club Records. Within a year she reached major–label status, with Sony releasing her Feversome EP in early 2014 followed by her debut album, Sunday '91, in August of that year.
Words: Joseph Merriman, by For Folk's Sake • 8 August 2014 • •

Annie Eve
Sunday ’91



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