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A Psychedelic Surf Rock Journey into Space: Annie Taylor’s New Single “Telephone”


Hailing from Switzerland, Annie Taylor gives off serious grunge heavy, surf rock vibes. Their sound is far from clean, but it’s exactly this grittiness which makes it so addictive—the seductive, moody, new wave lyrics coupled with 80s power ballad riffs makes you want to go on a psychedelic, surf-rock journey into space.

And that’s exactly what it feels like listening to their new single “Telephone”: it leaves you in a flurry of starry-eyed wonder, a bit agitated and yet somehow sure of your destination. With a surface layer of heaviness covering a rather soft, garage-punk underbelly, the sound feels oh so good–I dig it and you probably will too.

Featuring a great soundtrack paired with motorcycle heavy imagery, one can’t help but be reminded of the 1969 film Easy Rider when watching the “Telephone” music video. If you haven’t already watched the film, go ahead and do that now. I’ll wait…

Now that we’ve brought your cult classic cinematic knowledge back up to speed, let’s dive a little deeper shall we? “Telephone” incorporates elements we’ve heard with bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Ramones, and even Blondie— “Telephone” somehow reminds me of a more psychedelic version of Blondie’s “Atomic”. I know I sound out of my mind when I say this, but take a listen and tell me I’m wrong. Here’s the thing—I can’t box in their sound like most bands—yes they have elements of 80s new wave, 70s punk and psychedelic garage, but they also incorporate the rhythm so often heard in 60s surf rock and the grungy delivery of indie rock sirens. I can’t say more other than I am unable to classify them—they are truly artists who have sought inspiration across a wide variety of genres and decades. This is the work of true artists—to take from others but to create in a completely new way—not to imitate but to give adoration to. Who even is able to still do this in the modern age? Apparently, Annie Taylor, and they continue to deliver–without explanation–without understanding, but with great finesse. 

Don’t take my word for it, watch their music video here:

Annie Taylor – Telephone (Official Video)

“Telephone” is the third song from their upcoming debut album Sweet Mortality, which will be released on September 4th via Taxi Gauche Records

Review written by Isabella Moulton– a stylist and designer by day, and aesthetic aficionado by night. For inquiries, please contact her at: | Keep it groovy <3

My passion for music was cultivated by my parents, who took me to see obscure bands perform and encouraged me to start my own record collection at a young age. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Peter Frampton with my mom; she told me if I listened to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in complete darkness my life would be forever changed…I did and it was, thanks mom. From then on I realised that music does not exist solely to colourfully take up time, but is rather an experience that should be had as many times as possible. One of the first concerts I attended was The Who at the Hollywood Bowl, but as a teenager I started seeing a lot of indie bands at the local music hall, and was fascinated by the story their music told. Every song has a story and I wanted to hear it. So here I am, currently based in Vienna and work as a stylist and designer for my own company “The Eccentric Bourgeoisie” -- I’ll happily add some extravagance to your dull wardrobe or give you some flair to help you stand out above the rest at an event ;) I have lived in the US, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy. Wherever I have travelled music has allowed me to broaden my horizons by experiencing new things and meeting interesting people. It has the ability to connect people from different cultures and generations, influencing the way we think and feel…there’s nothing quite like it. The way it can capture the essence of a time, the energy of a people, and allow later generations to relive it is awe-inspiring.
 My musical interests predominately centre on what was produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, but I also appreciate more modern bands as well. Something happened during this time musically and artistically which can never be recreated; it was like a sonic boom of creativity. I am drawn to the fashion, art films (Especially Nouvelle Vague and Giallo) and the records which were produced during this magical period in history. I have a soft spot for 1960’s garage, glam rock and of course French Playboy singers. My top picks include: T. Rex, Jacques Dutronc, Nino Ferrer, The Doors, Joe Dassin, the Kinks and Jacqueline Taieb. I adore modern bands which take the musical energy created in previous decades and build on it; some of my favourites are the Triptides and Mystic Braves. Show me your record collection and I’ll show you mine. Know some great band I should listen to? Get in contact! I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons.