Today’s new music spotlight is on Annabel Allum.

Location: Guildford

Line-up: Annabel Allum (vocals/guitar), Liam Corneloues (bass), Emma Hilley (drums/backing vocals)

About: After an imperious festival season, culminating in a ferocious set at Reading Festival, and acclaimed performances at BBC Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend, The Great Escape, Siren Fest (Italy), Boardmasters and more, Annabel Allum is heading out on her debut UK headline tour. Alongside, she is releasing the raw, contemplative new single ‘Sofa Song’, out October 9th.

An understated groove powers the track forward, the lackadaisical opening riff setting the tone, before a crunching chorus delivers the central message – as Annabel explains: “’Sofa Song’ is about being skint as hell, yet deciding to move to another city and chase your dreams. I literally had nothing, my flat was bare and I could barely afford to eat. All I had really was my guitar and I jokingly wrote this tune. It’s about having a whole chunk of space, physically and mentally.”

Backed across tastemaker platforms as one of the most vitally sarcastic voices in the indie scene, praise has come from key press voices at FADER, The Independent, DIY, Clash, and The Line of Best Fit. Support on the airwaves has been great too; Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1 invited her in to perform one of the last ever sessions at the legendary Maida Vale Studios broadcast with an interview, as well as making her BBC Introducing Artist of the Week. BBC 6 Music and Radio X have offered consistent spins too.

What Hidden Herd say: Fusing raucous riffs with snarling vocals, Annabel Allum’s gritty fuzz-pop gives folk storytelling a rip-roaring makeover and leaves an instant mark on the memory.

For fans of: Courtney Barnett, PJ Harvey, Yonaka

Next shows:‪ Annabel Allum does not have any upcoming events.


Latest track: ‘Sofa Song’