Annabel Allum: Ordinary Life
Released 25th of March 2021
Playful yet honest and sincere, the grunge-inspired singer-songwriter Annabel Allum is back with her latest lockdown inspired single Ordinary Life. Co-written with Jamie Lenman, Allum states the song is a “product of sitting with myself for too long”. Have an exclusive first watch at the new video here at Louder Than War.
Isolation: it’s a feeling that is all-to-familiar around the world right now. With UK lockdown celebrating its 1-year birthday, the feeling of separation is the new norm. Going out seems like a thing of the past and the thought of seeing people, although exciting, is no longer in our comfort zones. Annabel Allum sings of this new single ordinary life, whilst we all continue to pace our living rooms like the caged animals we have become…
The heart of the South’s DIY music scene beats to Allum’s rhythm. Allum’s is a name any DIY music fan in the South has heard. If she isn’t playing at a venue near you, she’s attending a gig in a venue near you. As a popular member of the up-and-coming scene, the support she has shown others is starting to be returned. Co-written with the former frontman of Reuben and solo artist Jamie Lenman, ordinary life features as part of Annabel’s Hear Me Out B-sides EP, a 13-track mixtape that is intended to shine a light on some of her most modest releases. This single captures the tough feelings of social isolation, frustration, and day-to-day living confined to the same four walls. Driven by its feel-good drumbeats that mirror the likes of a governmentally authorised lockdown stroll, Ordinary Life is cathartic and nomadic, reflecting a nation’s worth of feeling lost.
“This song is a product of sitting with myself for too long,” Annabel begins. “Yes, it exhausts me to do nothing. For a moment in time, I have had to live an organized, disciplined life. I am a doll in a doll’s house, waiting to be let free, desiring the less ordinary, and the life I could once call mine.”
Jamie states, “My music publisher put me in touch with Annabel as someone that would be good to write with, and it turned out she lives right around the corner from me. She knows all the same venues and people, so it was great to have that connection. She’s one of those artists that can sing anything and make it sound good, so we couldn’t really go wrong, and producer Ben was an incredibly enthusiastic, enabling presence – not to mention a mean drummer! Ordinary Life sounds like a fun afternoon to me, which it was.”
The swell of praise for Annabel from all corners is resounding having being long-time championed by BBC Radio 1, she’s hit the daytime playlist, performed a live session at the iconic Maida Vale Studios, and featured on their SXSW stage. 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.
All words by Jasmine Hodge. More writing by Jasmine can be found at her author’s archive. Jasmine is also on Twitter as @ObviouslyItsJaz