Single Review: Annie Hart – I Don’t Want Your Love

By on Thursday, 13th July 2017 at 1:00 pm
 

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With her usual band, dream-pop trio Au Revoir Simone, on hiatus, Brooklyn electro-synth artist Annie Hart has taken the opportunity to get back to basics. Her upcoming solo album ‘Impossible Accomplice’ was written and recorded in her own basement studio, often while her children were upstairs asleep, and with a very precise and deliberately minimalist aesthetic in mind. The second single from the album, ‘I Don’t Want Your Love’, is a clear indication of Hart’s musical and emotional intent.

The track is captivating from its very first moments, when light, atmospherically layered synths and a hypnotic backbeat blend silkily behind Hart’s mesmerising vocals. That sense of smooth, easy synthesis continues through the course of the song’s gentle dynamic undulations. In fact, the second verse lyric “I don’t wanna melt away” seems almost ironic in that her voice continues to melt so effortlessly into the soundscape she creates.

Likewise, Hart’s lyrical couplets almost melt together in their stream of consciousness style: “If I could give you up, you would give me up / you take me down / I’m too complicated, it’s too complicated / and on and on and on…” The song’s chorus “I don’t want your love / I don’t want your love anymore” couldn’t be simpler or any plainer in meaning. But the verse lyrics are a bit more cryptic, leaving ample room for curiosity and imagination to kick in. As Hart herself explains, she prefers to let her sonic choices convey her emotional content. “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 ‘I Don’t Want Your Love’, Hart displays a remarkable talent for evoking specific feelings, in this case, emotional distance tinged with slight bitterness and stronger self-resolve. While similar in tone to her work with Au Revoir Simone (perhaps due in part to contributions from bandmate Heather D’Angelo and producer Jorge Elbrecht), this track has a strong sense of emotional authenticity to it that might also be truer to Hart’s own musical inclinations.

9/10

Annie Hart’s solo LP ‘Impossible Accomplice’ is due out on the 28th of July via Uninhabitable Mansions. You can take a listen to the album’s first single ‘Hard to Be Still’ right through here.

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