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!! OMG, a Q&A with Annie !!

Annie by Hildegunn Wærness

Photo by Hildegunn Wærness

Norwegian electronic pop star Annie’s first record Anniemal was unleashed to the world amidst the fever-pitch of the retro-obsessed Electroclash fad in 2004. While the stripped down, brash and snotty Electroclash movement was fleeting and dominated by one hit wonders, Annie’s Madonna-sampling first single “Greatest Hit” featured slick-but-smart pop production and giant hooks.

Now, after a ten-year hiatus from releasing music and nearly twenty years into her career as a recording artist, Annie is back with her new record, Dark Hearts. The synth-heavy, spaced-out opus was conceived as a soundtrack to an imaginary film, taking cues from the films of David Lynch and creepy folk-horror classics like Wicker Man.

It’s no surprise that, having been recorded in a haunted house on the seaside, her new record brings those darker themes to the forefront, enveloped in a more spacious, brooding, cosmic disco sound. Each song on the record acts as a sort of snapshot of varying semi-apocalyptic scenarios, all the while delivered in the singer’s trademark candied vocal style.

We talked to Annie about how 2020 has repurposed those fantasy-based constructs into an eerily real soundtrack to the life we’ve collectively entered this year, and what she’s been up to since we last heard from her.

Read the full Q&A with Annie after the jump!


!! OMG, quote of the day: Miley is convinced she’s encountered a UFO before !!

“I was driving through San Bernardino with my friend, and I got chased down by some sort of UFO, I’m pretty sure about what I saw, but I’d also bought weed wax from a guy in a van in front of a taco shop.”

“The best way to describe it is a flying snowplow. It had a big plow in the front and was glowing yellow. Me and my friend saw it, too. There were a couple of other cars on the road and they also stopped to look, so I think what I saw was real.”

“I was shaken for, like, five days. It f–ked me up.”

Miley wrapped up the conversation by stating “we’re the only things that could be in this vast universe” is a form of narcissism and could be seen as a little arrogant to assume there’s nobody else but us.

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