LITTLE ANNIE AT THE PUMPHOUSE
WIRE: MEDITATION IN CHAOS RELEASE 17.1.17
Live at Cafe Oto, London: 20.5.16
Little Annie’s crowdfunded album Trace will be officially released by Tin Angel in May Tin Angel is set to release Little Annie's first album since her 2013 Baby Dee collaboration State Of Grace. Called Trace, it’s also her first solo set since 2007'sSongs From The Coalmine Canary.
Little Annie began the project in 2014 as a crowdsourced fundraiser via Pledge Music. With rewards on offer including limited edition copies, signed merchandise, one-off paintings and the album itself, the pledge reached 113 per cent of its target. The money raised helped pay for flights of those involved in the making of the allbum, along with its production costs.
The majority of Trace’s songs were written and recorded in Toronto with singer and improvisor Ryan Driver. Brooklyn electronica trio Opal Onyx and Little Annie’s longstanding collaborator Paul Wallfisch also contributed to the record.
“I thought I was going to reinvent jazz on this record, but it’s so far off that concept!” laughs Little Annie. “You keep trying to figure what you are,” she continues, “because the world asks you what you are, and all I know is I’m a torch singer, which is all about giving parts of yourself away.”
Trace will be released by Tin Angel on 20 May. in 2013 the label also published Annie’s memoir You Can't Sing The Blues While Drinking Milk – the same yearExistencil Press published her book of prose, Sing Don't Cry: I Remember Mexico.