Norway's Annie is back with her first new single in five years "American Cars", which will feature on her first LP in 11 years, Dark Hearts.
"American Cars" lands after Annie's 2015 EP Endless Vacation, and features production from Sweden's Stefan Storm.
Annie says of the new single, "It was partly inspired by the David Cronenberg film Crash. It was 2pm and the only other people in the cinema were two old men, a mum and her screaming baby, and sixteen-year-old me. It was quite a strange experience. The film is about pushing it to the edge. When you’re looking for something dark you don’t necessarily know why you’re doing it. But you’re pushing the boundaries. You can fall, or almost fall, but you climb back."
The new track also arrives with news of Annie's first album since 2009's Don't Stop.
Annie created new album Dark Hearts over the course of three years. In the space of those three years, she gave birth twice, and moved from Berlin to Bergen. Annie says, "I did a lot of recording while I was pregnant, puking while I was singing. Stefan had to go out to buy me liquorice, but I still managed to do some quite good vocals."
She adds that Dark Hearts is "the best album I’ve done so far. All the tracks fit so perfectly together - the themes are right there."