Biography of Annie Barker
Mountains and Tumult is Annie Barker's debut album produced by Robin Guthrie from the Cocteau Twins. This album is a blend of Dream Pop production with solid pop and rock song structures and thought provoking lyrics that reach out and demand to be listened to.
“She was singing before she could speak,” says Annie Barker’s mother who put her in piano lessons at the tender age of three. She spent her school years training her voice in classical, jazz and rock ensembles as well as in musical theatre. Annie grew up in Los Angeles and worked in film, television and theatre where her training as an actor gave Annie an opportunity to delve deep into her emotional life and to begin the exploration that found its expression in the powerfully emotive lyrics of her debut album.
Learning to play all the instruments you hear on the album, building a studio from scratch, learning music production, the music business, manufacturing ethics and design Annie organized the production of every aspect of the album from start to finish and began her own independent record label, Beautiful Revolution Records, to release Mountains and Tumult. When she and Robin Guthrie met, the fusion of her solidly independent project and his art and wisdom exploded into the most original sound to hit the scene in a long time.
One can hear all of Annie’s influences synthesized into this album. She is a lover of Brit Rock and spent years learning the music of The Beatles, David Bowie, Tori Amos and The Super Furry Animals, among others. The essence of the British sound permeates this album. However, Annie’s work is not a copy of any band. It is an original blend steeped in the flavors of the deeper music of the scene – music with something to tell you.
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