Review: Annie Hart-Impossible Accomplice


Photo: Sebastian Kim

One third of ethereal pop band Au Revoir Simone, Annie Hart‘s solo album Impossible Accomplice is at times haunted by the ghosts of synth pioneers Daphne Oram, Pierre Henry and Delia Derbyshire.

Yet it’s also a modern, minimalist album,full of yearning, dreams and hope. Some of the hypnotic surges that drive Au Revoir Simone can be found here, as in the poppy I Don’t Want Your Love . But mostly, the songs take a while to find a way in, and once there, they feel at once familiar; and somehow disturbing.

Hart’s use of classic synthesizers bring a richness and resonance. She recorded this in her Brooklyn basement as her family slept. It’s perhaps ironic then that On The Way Down could be a twisted nursery rhyme. Breathing Underwater has intense Gothic drama gnawing at the edges, with nasty droning synths.

I’ve Been Seeing You in My Dreams dispenses with synthesizers altogether,and is utterly stripped back and affecting, just Hart’s emotive voice and piano.

Impossible Accomplice is a moving, assured solo record with minimalist charm. Impossible to resist.

(Lorna Irvine)


Album artwork

Released on July 14th via Cryptic Whispers


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