Impossible Accomplice

by Annie Hart

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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" (Uninhabitable Mansions, July 28), 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:

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, Paul Hanly, Jenny Eliscu & 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.

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released September 15, 2017

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.
"Breathing Underwater," "My Heart's Been Broken," "I Don't Want Your Love," "Run To You" and "Hard To Be Still" mixed by Jorge Elbrecht. Other songs mixed by Annie.
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Studios.
Published by Triple Keyboard Action, ASCAP

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"Sumptuous synth-pop" - Vogue

Annie Hart is a film composer and part of synth trio Au Revoir Simone. She makes beautiful, intimate, hypnotic keyboard music.

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Track Name: I Don't Want Your Love
You gave me what you wanted
I gave you what you asked me for.
You got it.
I don't want to harden anymore.
I don't want to go on as a copy of a copy.

I don't want your love
i don't want your love anymore

Make me one in four, maybe one in five
A sleight of hand, out of time.
I cut you off, you breathe me back in.
Wear me down, weathered gray worn away away away away.
I don't want to melt away away away.

Now I don't want your love
I don't want your love anymore

If I could give you up, you would give me up
You take me down
I'm too complicated, it's too complicated: on and on and on and on and so on (and on and on and on and on)

Now I don't want your love
I don't want your love anymore.
Track Name: Hard To Be Still
I never loved anyone like this
It's so hard to be still.
Come around again
and meet me on your way back home.

I understand you now for the first time in years.
For the first time in years
You gave me what I want
You gave me what I want
You gave me what I want
I got nothing left to ask you for.

And I'll never give you up
I'll never give you up
I'll never give you up
I made a promise but it's more than that now.
Track Name: Run To You
You tell me everything
Except what I wanna know
About who you love
And why you're hanging around.

Don't bring me closer, ooh.
Don't bring me closer to you.

Cos when you walk in the room
I want to run to you.
I wanna run to you
run, run, run, run, run, run
I wanna run to you.

People are noticing
I'm hanging on to heavy unsaid words.

Don't bring me closer, ooh.
Don't bring me closer to you.

Cos when you walk in the room
I want to run to you.
I wanna run to you
run, run, run, run, run, run
I wanna run to you.
Track Name: On The Way Down
The first time that I tried it I could tell that you were lying
You told me I could have you, then you'd deny it
I don't want you to come here and I don't want her to cry,
But I told you i would have you and I don't like to lie.

Out on the sidewalk and then underneath the color, a photographic power, I told you to love her
But you come with me again because you're dying to be free
And I come with you again because it comes so easily.

Meet me under the water.
Then you meet me on the way down.
First you meet me under the water,
Then you meet me on the way down.

Don't give me that, because I deserve more.
Track Name: My Heart's Been Broken
I never sighed relief
Uncatchable in restlessness
Those dark waves are pushing me pulling me.

My heart's been broken, too.

A scattered life, waiting before.
No substitute for sleeping.
Your stone gaze is reaching me, hear me:

My heart's been broken, too.
Track Name: Breathing Underwater
When you leave, I can feel the feeling of your face on my cheek.
Don't leave it there.
I go to sleep hoping you're there.
It's no release.

I had a taste of a word I can't pronounce.
You made its shape in lines across my mouth.
I'm on a broken border,
Pull me in, I'll make your move my move.

And when you leave. I can feel the feeling of your face on my cheek.
Don't leave it there.
I go to sleep hoping you're there.
It's no release.

You tear me up and then fall dark
I want it all, I fall apart.
I fall apart.
Track Name: I've Been Seeing You In My Dreams
I've been seeing you in my sleep
And I've been seeing you in my dreams
Where it's easy to know and it's easy to know you like
You were mine.

They were gone, driving around
We just stayed home.
Cos I wanna hold I wanna hold you like
And I wanna know and I wanna know you like
You were mine

Come to me, come closer
Come to me, come closer
Cos I wanna hold I wanna hold you like
And I wanna know, I wanna know you like
You were mine.
Track Name: Softly
I wanna know where you're going
Cos I wanna know where you're going to be
If I called you,
Would you answer me in the night?

Once more around on your arm,
But I don't mean to follow you home.
If I called you, would you answer
If I wanted to hear your voice?

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