Annie Hart: Forgive Me for My Synths
The Au Revoir Simone keyboardist and vocalist selects synth tracks that inspire her solo work, from Laurie Spiegel to Robert Palmer.
Annie Hart is best known as the vocalist, keyboard player and bassist from Au Revoir Simone, a Williamsburg-based trio that formed in 2003. Drawing on indie rock, mellow synth melodies and wistful pop romanticism, Au Revoir Simone has recorded several albums; in 2017, Annie released her debut solo album, Impossible Accomplice, on femme-focused label Instant Records. With her solo work, Hart explores the intimacy and hypnotic potential of stripped-back keyboard and vocal work. Influenced by synthesizer hero Laurie Spiegel, and by the post-punk and indie rock of her days in Au Revoir Simone, Hart balances melancholy and hopefulness with a deft touch.