Annie Dressner announces new album and UK tour

Annie Dressner

Reflecting on love, friendships and memories, singer-songwriter Annie Dressner bears her soul on her upcoming new album I Thought It Would Be Easier, out 5th April via Dharma Records.

Since the release of her first full-length solo record in 2011, Annie Dressner has relocated from her home city of New York to Cambridge in the UK and quickly became a staple of the festival and touring circuit, releasing an impressive back catalogue of music along the way and frequently collaborating with other musicians. Armed with a guitar and a wealth of experience to draw from, her fourth album I Thought It Would Be Easier sees the singer-songwriter convey a multitude of emotions with songs that feel open, welcoming and understanding of how complex being human can be. The album ranges from soothing gentle ballads to fast-paced Americana, showcasing Dressner’s skill in crafting relatable songs.

Annie Dressner: “I Thought It Would Be Easier encompasses the theme of the record. I didn’t realize how hard life could be and would be at certain times. I hope that the record will resonate with people. Perhaps they have gone through similar things and therefore feel heard and comforted by the songs. Maybe the songs can express the listener’s emotions that they couldn’t articulate themselves. Or maybe people will just like the way that they sound! I guess I just hope people like the record… I know I do!”

Opening track and former single ‘Black And White’ sets the album’s tone with a dramatic sweeping build and gliding vocals, expressing a calm yet mournful air. Regret is a prominent theme throughout the album, with the upbeat ‘Big Grey Couch’ dwelling on a less-than-fortuitous meeting that contains a blistering guitar solo to feed into the lingering sense of cringe. Recent single ‘18 Years’ is best described by Dressner, explaining that the song is ‘about sadness and feeling completely let down. When you think you mattered to someone – but you didn’t matter in the way you had thought – not in the way that you needed them to, anyway.’

While Dressner can effortlessly create a stunning slower tune, that ease also comes through in the more upbeat moments of the album. A shining example of this is with ‘Lofted Houses’, a sprightly skip with bright layers of vocals and guitars as Annie happily looks back on a long-lasting friendship. Then, the album’s closing track ‘Should’ve Seen It Coming’ throws out something completely different, clocking in at under two minutes as it races through a toxic relationship.

While the album is very much an Annie Dressner record, she invites the talents of other musicians to help bring it to fruition. Among these are frequent collaborators Polly Paulusma, an esteemed songwriter in her own right who contributes backing vocals to ’18 Years’, and David Ford (formerly of Easyworld) on the album’s sole co-written song, the stunning ‘After The Storm’. Additionally, Boo Hewerdine (of 80s band The Bible) contributes with some Farfisa playing and Steve Adams (The Broken Family Band) sings harmonies on ‘Should’ve Seen It Coming’.

Born and bred in the heart of NYC, Annie picked up her family’s guitar for the very first time on the night of her high school graduation, and discovered a hidden passion that would change her life. Inspired by icons like Simon & Garfunkel, Carly Simon, and Ben Kweller, she began crafting her own melodies, often humming her thoughts like a secret soundtrack to city life.

Annie’s artistic odyssey led her to countless open mic nights in the bustling streets of New York, which became her training ground, cultivating not only her craft but also a vibrant community of fellow songwriters and musicians. She eventually played her debut solo show at legendary NYC venue The Bitter End in 2008, and thereafter began collaborating with the likes of David Ford, Polly Paulusma, and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), who would go on to work frequently with Annie.

Over the years her music has been played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music, and has seen support from titles such as American Songwriter, The Line of Best Fit, God Is In The TV, Folk Radio UK and AmericanaUK, while gaining a nomination for Female Artist of the Year from FATEA. She has graced the stages of multiple UK festivals, including the Green Man Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Black Deer Festival, Secret Garden Party and Manchester Folk Festival. With hundreds of gigs under her belt, sharing stages with the likes of Echobelly, James Walsh and Emily Barker, Annie will once again be hitting the road and embarking on her own headline tour around the UK in spring 2024.

Artist’s website:

‘Dance We Do’ – official video:

Tour dates:

17th April – Cumbernauld Theatre, Cumbernauld
18th April – Cape To Cairo, Shildon
19th April – The Old Schoolhouse, Robin Hood’s Bay
20th April – St Mary’s Church, Purley on Thames
21st April – Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham
24th April – The Greystones, Sheffield
25th April – The Green Note, London
26th April – Vestry Hall, Cranbrook
27th April – The Junction, Cambridge
28th April – The Hive, Shrewsbury
1st May – Sound & Art, Worcester
2nd May – Chapel Arts, Bath
4th May – The Met, Bury

Annie will also be supporting legendary Suede guitarist Bernard Butler for a sold-out show on 9th February at St Nicholas’ Church, Beverley. Join the waiting list for tickets here.

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