ANNIE HART

Shares new single/video, 'Hard To Be Still'

.Debut solo album pushed back to 15th September

Headline show at London's Shacklewell Arms on 2nd October

 

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 (and also recently appeared on Twin Peaks). But with the eight tracks on her solo debut, Impossible Accomplice (Instant Records, Sept. 15), Annie will emerge as an electrifying artist and producer in her own right. 

Annie will be coming to the Europe in October for a handful of live dates, full details are as follows:

Sunday 1st October - By The Sea Festival, Margate 
Monday 2nd October - Shacklewell Arms, London 
Saturday 7th October - Le Pop-Up du Label, Paris 


Today, she also shares the new video for 'Hard To Be Still' via Vogue. The DIY video was made by Annie in her basement and showcases her newly pared down sound. She tells Vogue, "For this album, I wanted to narrow down and perfect every element. Each instrument I need to be able to play live. It’s more minimal. There’s less to arrange. You have to imagine each aspect a little more fully.” 

ANNIE HART

Shares new single, 'I Don't Want Your Love'

Debut album, Impossible Accomplice due 28th July on Uninhabitable Mansions

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" (now due 28th July on Uninhabitable Mansions), Annie will emerge as an electrifying artist and producer in her own right.

Today, she
sharesnew single "I Don't Want Your Love",  featuring vocals from Beverly’s Drew Citron, Jane Herships, and her Au Revoir Simone bandmate, Heather D'Angelo.

Annie says of the song, "This song, like many songs on the record, is about a horrible relationship I was in when I was younger that formed my perception of myself for years.  It was awful, and the scars of his cutting words haunted me long past the time they should have, and I was beating myself up over being so stupid for being involved with someone like that.  When I was writing this song, I noticed the fog of those days had finally lifted, and Irealized I finally, and foremost, forgave myself for being with a manipulator, and also was proud of having moved on and happy with myself as I am, as I was before those days began.  

"I wanted the music to reflect my feelings at the time and how I’ve moved forward: kind of a suspended animation and a recycling, moving back and forth, a tension and a lifting. Heather from Au Revoir Simone sent backing vocals over all the way from San Francisco, and it was the magic I was looking for. The intertwining drones and delayed electric piano to me describe that feeling, a little sickening but also captivating. It turned out to be one of
myfavorite songs on the record, simple and honest." Listen below...

ANNIE HART

SHARES ‘RUN TO YOU’

TAKEN FROM  DEBUT ALBUM IMPOSSIBLE ACCOMPLICE  DUE 14th JULY ON CRYPTIC WHISPERS  

 

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 Au Revoir Simone's hiatus, she has been crafting pop songs on classic synthesisers, 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 electronic pop sensibility of artists such as Tubeway Army, Annie has embraced her love of meticulously crafting the perfect tone to match the emotion of a song.
 

"Be it melancholy, longing, memory, happiness or simple desire, l can think of 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 within me.” In songs such as the second single, "Run To You," Annie cuts back the layers to reveal a rawer version of the dreamy synth pop her band was famous for forging.

Annie says of the song: “This song is the story of the meaning behind the album title, Impossible Accomplice.  I wanted to write about that terrible but tender state of pretending you don’t have feelings for someone. You don’t know where they stand because they send out so many signs but it’s too late at night to remember or too many drinks in, so the next time you see each other, you don’t know where you stand, publicly or privately.  So that person becomes an impossible accomplice. Someone who seems like the best partner in crime, but you will never be together with, and it hurts but you can’t stop wasting your energy going over events over and over.
 

"I tried just semi-randomly and visually aligning various beats where I thought a chorus, verse, or bridge would hit.  It was an idea I stole from Noel Heroux from Mass Gothic.  I wrote the chords on the piano and everything else fell into place so quickly and naturally.  But I could not come up with a bridge at all, so I just left it as the chorus and added those “to yous”.  I couldn’t get a harmony idea for that out of my head for that part, so I called in Jane Herships from Spider and Drew Citron from Beverly, and they sang it for me on the recording.     
 

“I am really pleased with how it turned out; for me it really combines that soft comfortable feeling of being with someone, and there’s music playing and this push and pull of emotions, the quiet of when they send you positive signals, and then the storm of torment that erupts when you realize it’s just not going to work and you want to tell them to just shut up and stop leading you on already.
 

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. 

 

 

ANNIE HART

Announces debut album, Impossible Accomplice Due 14th July on Cryptic Whispers

 

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 Au Revoir Simone'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 electronic pop sensibility of artists such as Tubeway Army, Annie has embraced her love of meticulously crafting the perfect tone to match the emotion of a song.

"Be it melancholy, longing, memory, happiness or simple desire, l can think of 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 within me.” 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. Listen to the single below...

 

Annie says of the song, "I have never been able to write a normal love song in all my days with Au Revoir Simone or before, despite having been with the same person since I was 21.  They always had some element of tragedy, betrayal, or melancholy lumped in no matter what I did to fight it.  Then when we were on tour in Portland, I stayed at a friend’s place who had this awesome Roland drum pad and a beautiful Rickenbacker bass.  I hooked those up to my computer to record and suddenly everything started materializing: the bouncing lo-fi drum beat and rudimentary bass line seemed so fun and perfect together.

"By some strange miracle of being away from my husband and small child, I was finally able to properly say thank you to him for being supportive and doing his share as a parent, which a lot of women don’t get.  I was also noticing some other men around at the time, who were hitting on me but were blatantly just after the obvious and weren’t really seeing me for me.  And there was my husband, who knew all my neurotic tendencies and workaholic nature and never stopped loving me more surely or evenly for over 10 years.  I’m glad I finally have that one nice love song about him."

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. 
 

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