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

June 8, 2017

Sebastian Kim


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.

July 16 – Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn

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


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