Annabel Jones Takes No Prisoners On Major Label Debut Single “IOU”

Mike Wass | February 3, 2016 5:51 pm
New Find: Annabel Jones' "Magnetic"
Annabel Jones could be the best-kept secret on SoundCloud. Listen to "Magnetic."

Annabel Jones quietly released one of the best pop songs of 2014 with soaring synth-ballad “Magnetic.” It was only a matter of time before she got snapped up by a major label and today (February 3) her new single arrives via Crooked Paintings/Atlantic Records. Falling somewhere between latter-day Ellie Goulding and Kiiara, “IOU” represents something of a change of pace for the Brit. The ethereal pining of her viral hit has been replaced by an edgier, more abrasive sound.

“I treated you bad, neglected your mood,” she declares at the beginning of the track. “You nearly went mad so I cut your ass loose.” In addition to being the bluntest Dear John letter ever set to music, “IOU” also boasts a killer hook (you can’t go wrong with a good, old-fashioned “la la la”) and punchy synths courtesy of Jimmy Tamborello and Andrew Goldstein. Listen to the first cut from Annabel’s debut EP Libelle below.

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