Nashville-based queer, indie-pop artist Annelle Staal unveils her new single/music video, “Tonight,” which, according to Annelle is about “falling fast for someone around a fire, which is something that happened to me a lot in high school,”
Annelle explains, “I have many fond memories of allowing my mind to run wild with the possibilities of a new person and a new life. As a closeted queer living in the south, sometimes that was with another girl. As a young adult who is learning to celebrate my identity, my thoughts travel back to those moments.”
An old soul who wears her “heart on her sleeve,” Annelle grew up a military brat and carries the puzzle pieces of her childhood with her. Passionate about capturing the human experience in her writing, Annelle has a “wide wingspan” of styles—ranging from atmospheric ballads, sunny acoustics, and big band blues.
In 2017, Annelle released her debut EP, MARS, followed by Heart on My Sleeve. When COVID hit, Annelle found a way to reach her listeners, via Twitch, where she now hosts a live night show four days per week to an international audience. A Twitch social media influencer, Annelle has been featured on BuzzFeed, The Mesh, and ABC News. Her debut album will drop in 2023.
“Tonight” opens on gorgeous, iridescent tones, followed by the entry of Annelle’s evocative voice, at once delicate and alluringly seductive, full of passion. A thumping rhythm provides the matrix for the pastel, shimmering flow of the melody, featuring a sparkling piano.
Annelle’s crème de la crème voice conjures up suggestions of Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell, only more translucent and rippling with subtle sonic nuances.
Annelle Staal has it going on! “Tonight” rolls out a lustrous soundscape riding a pulsating rhythm, all crowned by opulent vocals.