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Annie Hart is best known as one-third of Au Revoir Simone, the beloved all-female synth trio that counts David Lynch as a superfan. But with the eight tracks on her solo debut, "Impossible Accomplice" (Cryptic Whispers, July 14), Annie will emerge as an electrifying artist and producer in her own right.
During the band's hiatus, she has been crafting pop songs on classic synthesizers, with a less-is-more approach, writing and engineering the record on her own in the basement of her Brooklyn home, sneaking sessions in while her children were sleeping. Greatly influenced by the spare synthesizer sounds of Laurie Spiegel and the post-punk sensibility of artists like Tubeway Army, Annie has embraced her love of meticulously crafting the perfect tone to match the emotion of a song. "Be it melancholy, longing, happiness or simple desire, there is no better way to explain my innermost world than by going past words and into the intuitive and visceral feeling that a particular sound can evoke.”
In songs such as the first single, "Hard To Be Still" (featured on an upcoming episode of Netflix series, Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts), Annie cuts back the layers to reveal a rawer version of the dreamy synth pop her band was famous for forging. Solo, Annie has opened for artists such as M. Ward and Neko Case, and will be playing a handful of shows this summer in support of the new record.
Praise for Annie Hart’s Solo Work:
“A strong ear for melody” - Bill Pearis, Brooklyn Vegan
"Her low-fi, gossamer sound is like starched sheets stretched tight over brittle rock candy drum—resonant, tender, and not too sweet. The tendency towards fuzzy, underwater tones is cut by her clear voice that breaks through and pulls in the daylight.” - Bradley Spinelli, Bedford and Bowery
"Bathed in a sea of synthesizers and filled with the kind of enchanting vocals that brought her Brooklyn-based band so much love.” - Rob Goodman, The Bay Bridged
LINER NOTES AND THANK YOUS:
All songs written & recorded & performed by Annie Hart in her basement, except drums and bass for "Hard To Be Still" recorded at Fred Armisen's apartment.
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Studios.
Published by Triple Keyboard Action, ASCAP
I never would have made this if Keith Murray and Heather D'Angelo hadn't forced me to believe in my songs and make a record to share with the world. I could not dedicate the time to this project without Doug Marvin being an equal partner and the best husband on the planet. Thank you Henry and Frankie Jane for loving these songs and believing in me.
Thank you to Jenna Gribbon, Jane Herships, Michael Lerner, Keith Carne, Drew Citron, Sebastian Kim, Brianna Lance, Alexa Wilding, Mike Powell, Robbie Guertin, Natalia Read-Harber, Kyrre Kristofferson, Kei Kondo, Fred Armisen, Jorge Elbrecht & Liv Willars, for your endless help on this project.
Thank you Joe Robinson for insisting I don't sell myself short. We all miss you.