It’s common for children to sing into their hairbrush pretending to be on stage performing their favourite songs, but Abby London made this happen. Life has not been simple for the young singer-songwriter, but music has been her sanctuary. Sidetracked by physical ailments, addictions and self-doubt, London was lost in a bubble of despair, yet she did not give up. After sobering up in 2016, London began creating her musical universe to share with listeners. The latest single from London is ‘Anxiety’.
Following her debut single ‘Goodbye Tetris Blitz’, ‘Anxiety’ adopts a contemporary pop design but with an indie-pop influence. A charming track with a soothing melodic flow, London weaves different instrumentation into an enchanting bubble-pink blanket. My favourite part regarding the melody is the interspersed piano solos – something you expect from a piano teacher. The tinkling adds a sense of lightheartedness amidst the sombre drums. Yet, while the melody has a pleasant ambience it is the juxtaposition of poignant lyricism that shows depth.
In an interview with Rising Artists Blog, London states that her “…music has always been introspective, I just didn’t know what to call it.” In ‘Anxiety’, the US-based artist showcases this introspection with cheeky and sentimental lyricism. Known for honest, genuine and insightful songs, London takes on the controversial topic of choices and their consequences. It may not seem a controversial issue but think about the provocative nature of questioning our behaviours and how to alters reality. Do we really want to admit our laziness and indifference is indirectly contributing to the destruction of the planet?
Teetering on the cusp of humane reflection and indifferent consumerism, ‘Anxiety’ is an exploration of the human spirit. Intimate and intense, London takes on vulnerability in a delicate and elegant way. A sonic representation of 21st century capitalist lifestyles, this anthemic song is a tribute to, well, existence as many of us know it. Is it a good tribute, I don’t know, but it’s at least an insightful and sentimental one.
In addition to her single, Abby London released an official music video for ‘Anxiety’. As enjoyable as the video seems, I was only able to view 30 seconds of it. This is due to the video using strobe-like lighting effects and rapid image transition that can trigger seizures in people with photosensitive epilepsy. Watch at your own discretion.