New Band Of The Day #81: Annie Hart

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Debut album Impossible Accomplice due 14th July on Cryptic Whispers.

Who: Mike Minnick – vocals, Jon Howell – guitar, Ed Breckenridge – guitar, Ian Miller – bass, Riley Breckenridge – drums.

What: Synth pop (FFO: Laurie Spiegel, Tubeway Army, Frankie Cosmos)

Where: Brooklyn, New York.

Why: It was the line, “I’ve never loved / Anyone like this / It’s so hard / to be still” that hooked me. Nothing special? Wait until you hear the words lilting in an endearingly understated manner from Brooklyn’s Annie Hart (best known as one-third of Au Revoir Simone).

They’re the opening lines from her restrained, minimal, and lush new track ‘Hard To Be Still’. A tender and reflective number, it attempts to navigate the nuances and illogical nature of love and relationships. It is the first track to be gleaned from her upcoming solo debut album Impossible Accomplice. If the rest of the songs are even as half as intimate and delicately hooky as this one, I think I’ll be playing it for the rest of the year. At least.

Plus, the bass and drums were recorded at Fred Armisen’s apartment. Which is pretty cool.

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.”

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