TUNE O'Reilly & Vincent - Anna and the Apple
Anna and the Apple is the second single from O'Reilly & Vincent's forthcoming album Clearance Sale and follows their debut release Men & Books which enjoyed support from many UK regional stations including BBC Shropshire, Cambridge, Ulster, Lancashire, Sheffield & Amazing Radio plus some choice reviews on various UK, Irish, US & German blogs.
Anna and the Apple tells the story of Anna, who was “picking apples on the farm” and “spent her afternoons on Ripple Bay”, and the hapless singer still yearning for her after she has moved on “to Laos or Cambodia.” It’s a tale of obsessive infatuation, the sort of holiday romance that has to end but leaves an indelible mark. The lover pines about how he “needed her first thing in the morning, to see the endless sky sloping down to where the fishing boats put out their lights.” But “Anna had no weaknesses, no need”, and in the end she is a free-spirit who would inevitably fly off to new adventures.
The melody bounces along to a gentle surf-rock beat with a skiffle bass line and a haunting guitar solo. It builds to a pulsing bridge to express the singer’s self-indulgent sense of loss when Anna would “steal into the apple fields of the morning”.