Shares new single, “Don’t Breathe For Me”
Taken from forthcoming solo album, A Softer Offering
due 13th December
“her glossy DIY pop has an infectious charm and dazzling hooks” – The Line of Best Fit
A Softer Offering, Annie Hart’s latest solo record, is an elegant and gentle selection of songs that make magic from sparse and powerful ingredients. Noted for her film composition work and being a third of indie synthesizer pioneers, Au Revoir Simone, Annie again takes the reins on her own to create a spare, sophisticated album, celebrating the quiet moments in life that listeners will come back to time and again.
The songs create a world of effortless beauty that evokes being outdoors in warm rain or that particular nostalgia that comes from staring out a train window on an overcast day. The ingredients are nothing new for Hart: she deftly combines her powerfully emotive voice with electric piano and synthesizer and drum samples, but on this record, she spaces out the loveliness of the songs and sounds to guide the listener into a meditative soundscape. Her voice moves from intimate and hushed to a plaintive cry, at times intentionally disturbing, but always expertly balanced by gorgeous keyboard and guitar.
Today, Hart shares new single “Don’t Breathe For Me”, a song she says is “about an incredibly difficult time in my life, one that, so many years later, I am so proud to have moved on from: not just being in it, but also for having the ability to forgive myself for making the poor choice to be in it in the first place. I wanted to put this song in the world to let other people know that whatever you are going through, you’re not alone, and you are strong and you can get through it.” Listen below…
Hart says of A Softer Offering, “I wanted to give listeners that chance to breathe, to relax. A soundtrack for painting or lying in the grass. I thought a lot about what music I play for myself when I want to make a moment feel complete. There’s just something different when you play soft music during these ordinary spaces in life, and I wanted to make a soundtrack for that. Sounds that undulate in minimal movement, that you can pay very close attention to, or leave space around if you need to have your own thoughts. I hope this record helps stretch those unfortunately rare times in our lives when we have moments to be peaceful.”
With vocals contributed by Madeline Kenney, and mixed in parts by Jorge Elbrect (Sky Ferreira, Japanese Breakfast, Ariel Pink) and Justin Pizzoferrato (Sebadoh, Pixies, J Mascis) and mastered by April Golden (Sharon Jones, Antibalas) A Softer Offering is sure to give you a soundtrack for winter that you will revisit over and over.
Known for her electric live concerts, she will be playing an intentionally intimate album release show at Union Pool in New York on December 13th (tickets). The evocative and unique cover art of her album also features a detail from New York City’s notable cutting-edge painter, Jenna Gribbon.
Preorder the album here: https://anniehart.bandcamp.com/album/a-softer-offering
A Softer Offering Tracklist:
1. Wilderness Hill
2. Longing To Care Less
3. Wandering Free
4. Don’t Breathe For Me
6. Clean Floors
7. Phoenicia No Coffee
8. Embrace The New Age
9. The Paper Pull