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Annie Elise Confronts Bad Habits ‘Again and Again’

By Charlie Maybee

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Boston-based pop musician and producer Annie Elise just released her new single “Again and Again,” which touts a gentle vulnerability over bubbling synthesizers. A simple blues-style rhythm guitar line introduces the song, but as the first three low notes thump us into a nice groove, it suddenly disappears at the end of the riff, leaving us suspended in anticipation for its inevitable return.

It’s a thoughtful way to introduce the motif of “waiting” in the musical composition, which is also prominent in the lyrics that build up to the chorus, “I’m gonna wait as long as it takes me / Don’t leave me hanging tonight.”

Diving into the hook of the chorus, Elise sings “Over and over again / Because I miss you as more than a friend,” revealing that her loneliness stems from having feelings for someone who clearly doesn’t reciprocate. The song closes out with “I cry myself to sleep / Something, it just don’t feel right / Over and over again,” giving us a glimpse into a bad and repetitious habit Elise has for continuously falling in too deeply.

Overall, this is a solid track from a fairly new artist that showcases her emotive range and capacity for softness. Fans of pop stars like Ariana Grande, or 1989-era Taylor Swift will enjoy this track along with rest of Elise’s work thus far. As the latest in a string of singles released in the past year, there is bound to be more coming from her down the line. Fingers crossed that a full-length album is in her near future.

“Again and Again” is available on all major streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, and YouTube Music.

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Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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