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Track by Track: Annie Dressner ‘Broken into Pieces’


Annie Dressner was born and raised in New York City, where she cut her musical teeth on the busy acoustic music scene, appearing regularly at iconic venues such as The Bitter End and Rockwood Music Hall. Since relocating to the UK seven years ago, making Cambridge her new home, she has received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music and has appeared at Green Man and Cambridge Folk Festival.

Her second album “Broken Into Pieces” is due for late October release. It is produced by Nigel Stonier whose many collaborations include Thea Gilmore, Fairport Convention, Martha Wainwright, The Waterboys and current BBC6 Music breakthrough artist Abbie Ozard.

“Broken Into Pieces” features 11 all new Dressner originals. Contributing musicians include fellow New Yorker Matthew Caws of Nada Surf on electric guitars, alongside UK musicians including Stonier himself, drummer Che Beresford (Capercaille, Black Grape) and Dressner’s husband Paul Goodwin – himself a respected songwriter – on keyboards. Backing vocal duties are handled by singer/songwriters Polly Palusama and Dan Wilde along with Jade Rhiannon Ward of The Willows

Annie’s lyrics throughout are shot through with honesty and a rare candour … they hone in on the everyday minutiae of relationships and life, catching the moments where hearts and worlds turn on their respective axes. These are set to direct, memorable folk/pop melodies and delivered almost conversationally in Annie’s affecting, clear toned Manhattan alto. Here Dressner talks us through the new album in more detail…

Fades Away
This song is about the end of a relationship and how one can feel when they realize it is ending and the bitter taste they are left with afterwards.

Another song about lost love – sometimes the timings don’t work out right, but it doesn’t mean that the love wasn’t true.

Don’t Go
Uh oh – are we sensing a pattern here? Another song about relationship troubles and hoping that it won’t end, because even if it does, the love will still linger.

Bruise Beneath My Bones
I mean, serioulsy! Another relationship ending… this one is a bit more dark.

This is just embarrassing now. You know when you see your recent ex but long-term boyfriend with another woman who is dressed exactly like you and it is the first time you see them after you break up? Yes – it is about that. And yes, I really did go to Kentucky.

Over and Over
Remembering a loved one who has passed away and wishing they were still here.

This track was written when I was feeling a bit like I better start writing more music or time was going to pass me by and I will be left with having accomplished nothing.

Paper Moon
When I was a little girl my father, brother and I put on a show in my livingroom. It is about that.

This song is about all of the terrible and avoidable tragedies that have been occuring all over the world and how fleeting each moment is, and how grateful we should be that we have the little things as they can disappear in an instant.

This song has a similar sentiment to the one above – after something tragic happens you are still the same person but may not be perceived that way.

You can pre-order ‘Broken Into Pieces’ here
Annie Dressner plays the CB2, for an album launch on October 26th, tickets here