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
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
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.