with Babbling April
Upstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 8:30 PM // SHOW: 9:00 PM
Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge
Friday February 21, 2020
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” (Uninhabitable Mansions, July 28), Annie will emerge as an electrifying artist and producer in her own right.
During the band’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 post-punk sensibility of artists like Tubeway Army, Annie has embraced her love of meticulously crafting the perfect tone to match the emotion of a song. “Be it melancholy, longing, happiness or simple desire, there is 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.”
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.
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
Babbling April has always been a DIY affair, producing the kind of fresh and warmly emotive rock that can hop genres, be quiet or loud, yet always sound distinctly like themselves. The bands spearhead, Dave New, grew up in Baltimore, where he fell in love with music and began helming his own grade school bands while pursuing his prodigious hobby of home recording. Dave moved to Dayton, Ohio in 2011 where he met his female counterpoint Vivienne Machi. Together they began cutting their teeth in a variety of Dayton area venues, recording under the moniker Babbling April, which reached its current incarnation after they relocated to Washington, DC.
Recorded and mixed in Dave and Vivi’s basement, the band’s 2018 EP, "Holy Gold," is a testament to the joy Babbling April imbue their music with. Acoustic-meets-shoegaze guitar pop ambiance echoes across each track as fevered bass lines and distinct vocal textures weave through. The compositions tend to change tempo and morph beneath the ear-wormy melodies, conjuring up the work of Yo La Tengo, Built to Spill and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, amongst a wealth of alternative bands of the ’90’s. “The songs are often bittersweet snapshots of the ephemeral nature of life” Dave reflects. “Friends grow apart, places are never the same, but a few perfect memories will always remain.” The band is currently recording their third release.