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 shares new 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 I realized 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 my favorite songs on the record, simple and honest.” Listen below…
During Au Revoir Simone’s hiatus, Annie 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.
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.
07/16 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
07/28 – New York, NY – Berlin
08/24 – New York, NY – Garden Bar at South Street Sea Port
09/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn BazaarPraise for Annie Hart’s Solo Work:
“A strong ear for melody” – Bill Pearis, Brooklyn Vegan