TRACK PREMIERE: ANNABELLE MAGINNIS “MAKE IT LAST”
Singer/songwriter Annabelle Maginnis‘ brand-new “Make It Last” is an unpredictable (even jazzy) track with an almost canyon-country feel and melody, but stretched to touch the edges of R&B and pop. Credit in part goes to the impressively smooth production by engineer Rachel White and a razor-sharp set of musicians—the harmonies and guitar are by Kofi Asare-Aboagye, the bass by Hunter Craig, the drums by Tia P. and the keyboard by Smile High.
But of course it’s Maginnis’ voice and vision at the core of “Make It Last,” which was conceptualized and written in as remote a place as you might reasonably find. She took her mandolin and little else to free-camp on an island for weeks, totally detached from the internet, electricity, etc., and wrote “Make It Last” in part to document how difficult it felt to plan coming back to Los Angeles. It’s about freedom and fragility, she says, which is also why she teamed up with photographer Fanny Chu for a session in the Sequoia National Forest, wearing a mask by designer Erica Gray designed to evoke the structure of gravely threatened coral reefs.
As she explains: “’Make it Last’” is an invitation to view our natural world as something to cherish rather than conquest: to find safety in rather than fear. After all, we protect what we value. I wrote this song on my mandolin in the comfort of complete natural isolation, worried that the freedom I felt would not accompany me back to the city. It is a plea to slow our pace and appreciate this planet while we can.”