Teaching herself guitar and songwriting from the age of 11, New York City based Annalise Azadian is certainly a rising star. Her latest release, ‘Passenger Mirror’, is currently making waves, and is set to follow in the footsteps of previous track, ‘Work In Progress’, which received high acclaim from the likes Ebro Darden on Beats 1, who named it his choice for #BoroughBanger.
Annalise is no stranger to accolades, having won her first awards at the Apollo Theater aged only 14, and has performed at many venues across New York, been featured on American Idol, and studied at Berklee College Of Music. Still only 20, she’s been praised by press and industry alike, including Elton John. All this however isn’t enough to make her feel settled, and in ‘Passenger Mirror’ she sings of her insecurities about where she’s headed in life, and compares her goals to the warning on the car side mirror: “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”
The video for ‘Passenger Mirror’ opens with Annalise putting her guitar into the boot of a vintage Chevy, setting out on a trip to who knows where. Regardless of the lack of destination, the scenery is gorgeous, and beautifully shot, and there’s some lovely footage of parts in a car junkyard; and Annalise singing in the midst of it all. It gives the clip a very dreamy vibe, reflecting the distracted nature of the lyrics of the song and the overall tone. She’s uncertain about where she’s heading but she knows she’s going somewhere. It’s a sad song, but nonetheless moving and beautiful.