There’s something about folky sounds sung in a New York accent which is both clashing and intriguing. For Annie Dressner it works and adds a unique charm to her relaxed acoustic tracks. The young folkster is NYC born and bred but has recently moved to the UK to give us a taste of her musical delicacies. Her East Twenties EP showcases four beautifully nonchalant tracks touching on heartbreak, loss and young love.
The understated music gives way to beautiful conversational melodies bringing life to tales from Dressner’s past. Opening track Heartbreaker is like an open letter to an ex whereas I Can’t Forget vocalises the tragic tale of losing someone close. The cello alone is enough to bring a tear to one’s eye never mind the fact Dressner is trying to articulate last words to a lost friend.
Anyone who can captivate listeners by singing about mundane things that fringe our daily lives, like the smell of cigarettes in Heartbreaker or phone salesmen in Lost In A Car, is definitely worth recognition and a playback. The only criticism of East Twenties worth mentioning would be the lack of variety within it. Each song flows so well from one into another – which usually is no bad thing – cementing the Annie Dressner sound. However there’s a feeling that a full album of this might tune listeners out with repetitiveness, hiding some of the gems it’s clear that Dressner is capable of making. One thing is for certain though, there’s no denying Dressner’s talent and ability to turn an inner monologue into a beautiful acoustic track.