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Dear Unknown

by Anne Garner

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    Slowcraft CD Edition comprising glass-mastered disc on a recycled six-panel lyrics insert, sealed in a rubber-stamped envelope bearing a postage stamp of the artist’s design, all enclosed within a wax paper bag. Hand assembled at Slowcraft and shipped with utmost care.

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1.
Dear Unknown 05:32
Blown over day night white feather Fleeing thought leads me to angels Dear unknown Who holds tomorrow Demons have flown Taken my sorrow Gentle whispering All is well Dear unknown Who holds tomorrow Demons have flown Taken my sorrow
2.
Let go and soaring high Right though mist into blue sky This is freedom We see with new eyes No more jumbled mind Now in view clear horizons This is freedom We see with new eyes This is freedom We see with new eyes
3.
Dust Devil 05:02
Storm brews over here Feeling pent up, out of gear Need to vent, let outside We can’t hide Open doors open windows All this dust is blowing out in a whirlwind In a whirlwind In a whirlwind Open doors open windows All this dust is blowing out in a whirlwind
4.
All Wounds 05:48
Sometimes there’s truth in the dark And you know that we’ve drifted apart All of the chances we took dear We were fools we were fools we were fools And here we are mending in our own ways With the forces and feelings of age All wounds and memories will heal and fade When we’ve gifted the whole of our hearts Finally a clearing is made In the patterns and paths we’ve engraved Gently we move to a place Where we fall out of time out of space So here we are, here we can dance again Beautiful fragile and flawed All wounds and memories will heal and fade When we’ve gifted the whole of our hearts
5.
Besides 05:12
This place I remember Every day is open wide And the taste and the fragrance Is the future Soon my love Beside you align No more dreaming Tomorrow is ours to take When did I lose you To the shadow of the past All this time spent Spelling out my name Soon my love Beside you align No more dreaming Tomorrow is ours to take Soon my love Beside you align No more dreaming Tomorrow is ours to take
6.
Golden Arrow 06:15
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Surrender 05:02
Surrender
8.
Alma 04:26
Seems a long time you’ve been gone Feels strange Sometimes I wake into your hand On my face Bringing me back to when we would play Golden days Laughing and wiping tears away In the darkness I still see your smile Words of wisdom Echo round my mind In the sunlight How your eyes they shine We remember Cherish all your time In the sunlight How your eyes they shine We remember Cherish all your time

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Selected Press:

"Imagine the most perfect Anne Garner album and chances are it would sound pretty much like Dear Unknown... this momentous recording never falters and maintains that incredible standard from start to finish."

- Ron Schepper, textura

www.textura.org/archives/g/garner_dearunknown.htm

"Anne Garner inscribes herself as a possible missing link between Elizabeth Frazer and Jonsi, as a possible translation of the sound of the mist. Imagine Liz Harris free of her austere tendencies and you can imagine the magic that emerges from this vital record."
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5

- Gregory Bodenes, Benzine Magazine

www.benzinemag.net/2022/04/01/anne-garner-dear-unknown-8-chanson-au-neo-romantisme-gothique/

"Fragile and enchanted is the expressive universe of Anne Garner, so rare and precious are its manifestations... melodies and atmospheres with the consistency of a dream." ALBUM OF THE WEEK

- Raffaello Russo, Music Won't Save You

musicwontsaveyou.com/2022/04/04/anne-garner-dear-unknown/

"Ambient-pop formulations of rare beauty... a delicate dreamlike landscape to cross with your eyes closed holding your breath."

- Peppe Trotta, Triste Sunset

tristesunset.com/2022/04/15/anne-garner-dear-unknown/

"A heart-rending combination of sound, voice and feeling."
- André Schönauer, Gezeitenstrom

gezeitenstrom.weebly.com/reviews/anne-garner-dear-unknown-2022

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Anne Garner returns to Slowcraft with a sublime new album.

Dear Unknown is three years in the making, a vaporous, bitter-sweet collection that unflinchingly picks a path through the artist’s personal history of moral constriction and religious abuse to arrive at a place of extraordinary lightness and release. Such is the alchemy of Anne’s art; through it pain becomes compassion, suffering relief. In other hands such emotional deep-diving could all too easily yield a dislocated or melancholy record, but time spent in the company of Dear Unknown instead imparts a sense of serenity, uplift and above all hope.

Impossibly delicate opener Dear Unknown and the sparkling This Is Freedom lead us into Dust Devil, a cathartic tour de force that rekindles the dream-pop sensibilities found on previous work such as Be Life. All Wounds burns with a torch-bearing intensity while the smoky Besides and instrumental Golden Arrow recall the genre-defying fluidity of Lost Play. Surrender sublimates the complexity of Dear Unknown’s message into a single-word mantra, the imperative to lay down arms abstracted into a granular stream of sound by producer and long-time collaborator James Murray. The album’s moving climax Alma celebrates the artist’s late mother, whose passing prompted Anne to begin her songwriting career, urging us all to cherish each and every moment of life’s precious, fleeting gift.

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released April 1, 2022

Written by Anne Garner
Produced by James Murray
Mastered by Dean Honer
Cover Portrait by Sharn
Design by Slowcraft

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