One of the growing pains of making your first solo album after nearly fifteen years in a band, according to Annie Hart, is adjusting to being alone onstage. With the Brooklyn-based electronic pop band Au Revoir Simone (for which Hart is a vocalist, keyboardist, and bassist since the band's formation in 2003) on an amiable pause, Hart had to find new ways to get comfortable with her audience. She says she realized "there's something really interesting about seeing how people relate together. Especially in song, when they're in the act of creating art as a unit, it allows the audience to feel more like they're a part of it than if it's just one person alone."
Hart missed the dynamic of having performers onstage with her and quickly invited drummers and bassists to join her on tour. She also created a stage uniform out of a black unitard ("That nonentity of an outfit is so me,") which she wears in the Lenny-exclusive premiere of her new video, "I Don't Want Your Love," the latest single from her debut solo album, Impossible Accomplice. In the video, Hart is dancing and rolling around the streets of Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband and two children. The song is about coming into her own, looking back on an old relationship, and having a realization: "I don't need that judgment, that cheating on me. It's so nakedly me, and I'm happy with who I am."
These days, Hart has established a routine that revolves around raising her kids, touring, and making new music. Impossible Accomplice –– an album of eight elegant synth-pop tracks chronicling her growth into womanhood –– came out in September, and Hart has already taken the album on the road to both U.S. coasts and parts of Europe. This past summer, along with the rest of Au Revoir Simone, Hart was in David Lynch's Twin Peaks revival, playing out episodes four and nine with their songs "A Violent Yet Flammable World" and "Lark."
Over the phone, we chatted about her solo career, the band's future, and some of her favorite women in electronic music.
Thora Siemsen: What was the process for selecting these eight songs on Impossible Accomplice?
Annie Hart: It actually took me a really long time to write this album. I started it about three years ago. I was pregnant at the time with my daughter, my second child. I thought, OK, I have to finish this before I have the baby, or it's never going to get done. I worked on it as much as possible. Then, we moved. Between two small kids, renovating the house, and then trying to be creative, it was just so slow.