You might know Annie Hart as one-third of all female synth trio Au Revoir Simone, but during the band’s downtime Hart has been working hard on her debut solo release and making an appearance or two in Twin Peaks The Return. The result is Impossible Accomplice, an eight track album written and produced by Hart and featuring some exciting guests spots from Beverly’s Drew Citron, Jane Herships and her Au Revoir Simone bandmate, Heather D’Angelo.
Safe to say Impossible Accomplice is a synthtastic treat full of longing that deploys a less is more mantra to achieve maximum results. We asked Hart to join our BEAT book club and clue us in on the books that rule her world.
John Berger Ways Of Seeing
“This book is a classic of media criticism. It provides a concise view of the history of class and gender symbolism in western imagery. It’s very image-heavy and I find it’s an extremely good introduction to thinking about the world around you, especially for people who may not enjoy reading dense tomes of non-fiction. If you haven’t spent any time really thinking about what is coming at you on the screen this is probably the best place to start.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates Between The World And Me
“I have the feeling that a large number of people have probably already recommended this book to your readers, and for very good reason. It is so relatable, deep and moving; it allows you to see yourself and your life in the author’s shoes, telling his experience as a black man to his son and how perceptions of race profoundly affect everyone. Coates makes the boundaries that exist between people and the world they want to live in so clear and this book made me want to tear them down with every ounce of strength I have. It’s an immensely readable and gripping work.”
Christopher Lloyd What On Earth Happened
“I bought an abridged version of this on a whim at the bookshop when I was waiting for the ferry in Dover and it proved to be a worthwhile purchase. It’s a fascinating summary of, well, pretty much everything on Earth, from the big bang to the present. I have a pretty crummy long-term memory, so for someone like me it’s so useful to read history in quick succession so the connections between events let me see the causation between them.”
Pema Chodron Taking The Leap: Freeing Ourselves From Old Habits and Fears
“I’m prone to hyperbole, but this book truly changed my life. Pema Chodron is one of the most famous authors and leaders of the Shambhala Center, a secular Buddhist group. I’ve been meditating for years, but still was prone to sometimes crippling anxiety. This book really made me see the mental habits I had formed that were doing nothing for me, and causing my world to feel so small and scary. It’s an extremely simple philosophy of self-acceptance and responsibility but it’s incredibly profound. I usually feel awkward describing Pema Chodron’s work to people, because I’m afraid it sounds like I’m signing them up to a cult or a self-help ideology (it’s neither, I swear!), but literally everyone I know who has read her work comes away with something deep and profound and at least a little happier.”