Annie Omalley is an emerging singer-songwriter from Chicago, now based in Los Angeles. Known for her unique and self-branded genre, Temper Tantrum Pop, Annie is dedicated to sharing her experiences through her music, offering an unfiltered and introspective perspective. Since her debut in 2018, she has had the opportunity to perform alongside iconic rock band Chicago and hip-hop artist Phora.
In her debut album, 'Skrapbook,' released in 2022, Annie Omalley drew inspiration from her own experiences, particularly when she was told she wasn't “smart enough” during her school years. Transforming this adversity into a source of empowerment, she incorporates intentional misspellings in her lyrics to pay homage to her younger self. By embracing imperfections and mistakes, she aims to inspire others to do the same and discover the beauty within them. Each song she creates is an intimate conversation between Annie and her listeners, exploring themes of self-discovery, vulnerability, curiosity, and resilience.
"Told Yew So" opens with Annie’s ethereal vocals, introducing the lyrics, "We don't see eye to eye, it's not the height babe, we're just different." These lyrics suggest that the individuals in this story have contrasting perspectives or opinions. The subsequent line, "Laces tied you're always trippin'," metaphorically suggests that one person tends to overthink or unnecessarily complicate things. As the song progresses towards the chorus, the combination of upbeat drum patterns and a velvety bass create a dreamy soundscape. Annie's vocals soar as she sings the lyrics, "I told yew so, you were worried we would crash, get too far than fall off track." These lines convey the message that Annie had foreseen resolving their conflicts. Despite their challenges, they overcome obstacles and find their way back to each other, proving that their love transcends any negative emotions they may have about the relationship or each other.
Throughout the song "Told Yew So," Annie Omalley depicts the ups and downs of a relationship and communicates to her listeners that they are not always easy to maintain. By embracing vulnerability and self-exploration, which are central to Annie's artistic mantra, the song encourages individuals to navigate the complexities of their relationships with honesty and vulnerability.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Annie Omalley, and congratulations on your latest release, "Told Yew So." What inspired you to pursue a career in the music industry?
Not to be cliche, but I feel like music chose me for as long as I can remember, and there wasn’t/isn't a plan B. Even when things get difficult, or the journey gets foggy, there is a belief in me that has never gone away. So I would say what inspired me and what inspires me every day is that I have never felt so sure about anything else.
Has music always held a special place in your heart?
Yes, and in so many different ways. Music can bring you back to a particular time, make you feel heard, give you chills, dance, cry, and unite people. For me, writing has been a way to survive and heal. Music is the universal language, and it's such a beautiful thing. I feel blessed to be able to participate this heavily in it.
Could you share your creative process in bringing "Told Yew So" to life, from its inception to the final production?
Creating "told yew so" was an entertaining session. My friend Gianni Taylor and I decided we were long overdue for a collab. We had been doing pitch work for other artists, and Gianni said, "We gotta do a collab for our artist projects." So we did a session with our producer Jack, and this is what came from it. Jack started on a beat, and I recorded the little hook melody that plays throughout the whole song. We were laughing about our height difference and how funny the promo videos would look, and I wrote, "We don't see eye to eye. It's not the height, babe; we're just different". Then I started writing my verse, and he started writing him while we were singing random melody ideas, and then we wrote the chorus so quickly, and it just worked. What stood out to me in this session was how positive and relaxed the vibe was and how we were laughing about lyrics and content ideas and feeling no pressure. This energy translated in the song as it's about dating an over-thinker and how you must always calm them down and remind them everything’s okay. I was writing from the opposite perspective since I am an over-thinker, but maybe one day, someone will have this kind of patience with me. So it's like manifesting, lol.
From making your music debut in 2018 to now having a complete album and a new single, how do you feel you have evolved as an artist?
I would say that I have come a very long way with the music I'm making in so many ways. The genres I’ve experimented with, the details and topics in my lyrics, and even my voice and melody ideas. This comes from how much more experience I have now in session almost daily. Emotional maturity has also played a huge role in the last few months. I finally understand the concept of being vulnerable and having boundaries and why that's different from oversharing in search of connection. In the past, I would chase chaos, almost as a protective mechanism, because if finding it was in my control, then I could dissolve it just the same way. This is not the case, but I was acting out of fear. However, I’m slowly ending this pattern. And now that I am more comfortable with being vulnerable, I am more open to my own emotions than ever, creating and writing from a much deeper place.
If you could collaborate with any artist, which would you choose?
This is a hard question because I have so many, but my dream collab would be the band Keane, Alt-j, U2, or Sam Fender. They are so unbelievably talented and inspire me so much, and I feel like we would complement each other well.
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