‘Let’s Get Together Again’ is the debut EP of London-based pop/folk quintet Annie & The Make Believe, released on October 31st 2016.
In true folk fashion, each song tells its own story, encapsulating the listener in the world of Annie & The Make Believe. The EP’s leading track ‘Let’s Get Together Again’ tells the tale of two people who meet on Halloween (relevant considering the release date) and fall in love. Allegedly, it was written as a marriage proposal for two friends. Annie Morris’ vocals are light and fluttery like butterfly wings and the twinkly wind-chime-like instrumentation complements them beautifully. Already, you get the impression that the band is very sure of itself – the track oozes humble confidence.
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Morris’ vocals are consistent in their tone and clarity throughout. Most of the experimentation occurs within the instrumentation. A choppy strumming style is adopted for ‘Pink, Orange, Black and Blue’, giving it a slightly edgier tone without chiselling away at the general vibe of light-heartedness. Then, in the third track ‘Shivers’, the shrill echo-y melody of the lead guitar creates quite a cool, breezy sound. As the verses merge into the chorus, down strokes take the place of plucking, beautifully mimicking shivering.
‘November’ sits towards the more pop side of the pop/folk spectrum. A highly enthusiastic, uplifting track despite the seemingly frustrated lyrics – it reveals a side to the band that might not be expected due to the tenderness and subtlety of the preceding songs. It packs more of a punch and possessed the kind of infectiousness that leaves you itching for more.
After having been pumped up by ‘November’, the weight of the EP’s bittersweet closing track feels a lot heavier. ‘Wednesday Afternoon’ is laced with ribbons of melancholic nostalgia. It perfectly projects the emotion that is carried by the heartfelt lyrics and makes for an endearing send-off.
‘Let’s Get Together Again’ is overall bold in its simplicity. The purity and innocence of the music lays heavy on the EP, shrouding it with a rosy tint. Having only formed in 2015, Annie & The Make Believe’s sound is still embryonic. They have plenty of time ahead of them to experiment and branch out. These five songs represent the seeds of their career which are bound to blossom into a very promising future.