Where's the child who used to play, looking for fun?
Anne Garner’s new album Lost Play celebrates the vital, unrestrained joy of childhood and grieves the nameless slide from curiosity to conformity. This moving and heartfelt work reflects on how being moulded by other people can leave us feeling punished, shut down, and open to abuse and loss of self in adulthood. Within these dark echoes are seeds of comfort and a sense of hope, and perhaps even a path towards rediscovering the childlike joy all over again.
Anne’s fifth album was produced with James Murray and is presented once again on his Slowcraft Records label.
“Anticipation has steadily grown in these parts for the follow-up to Anne Garner's mesmerizing 2015 release Be Life, and with Lost Play it's finally here... during one particularly memorable moment in “Not Home,” Anne sings “Over time you'll forget me / You won't remember what we shared.” Speaking for myself, the likelihood of such a thing happening is virtually impossible when music of such remarkable spendour is available to be returned to over and over again.”
- Ron Schepper, textura
(interview here: www.textura.org/archives/interviews/fivequestions_garner.htm)
“The eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s Be Life is a jaw-dropping return from Anne Garner. Lost Play shows a sensitive understanding of the self, bringing with it a behemoth of an epiphany. Over time, things are lost – people are lost – and Lost Play faces up to this erosion bravely, where the leaving behind of childhood meets the slow-bleeding loss of innocence... Anne shows a great amount of bravery in voicing these thoughts, and her honesty gives the music an extra depth. This is real songcraft, real heart, real music. Her music cries, wanting to be free....Lost Play is a special album, beautiful in the extreme, but breaking, too.”
- James Catchpole, Fluid Radio
“Her mournful and monumental album “Lost Play” on Slowcraft Records [is] beguiling and discomforting in equal measure, with a brooding menace and a graceful beauty. Each lyric is carefully selected and delicately annunciated in an album as crushingly moving as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds “Skeleton Key”, with a voice as tingling as Lisa Germano, where the gaps between the Joanna Newsom-esque arrangements are as weighty as the words themselves.”
- Nick Hutchings, Velvet Sheep
“I quaranta minuti di “Lost Play” si trasformano così in un unitario flusso di suono e di coscienza, davvero in grado di ritagliare una parentesi di sogno e di magia, proiettando in un universo di sensibilità e dolcezza, sulle ali di narcolettico incanto chamber-folk, da cogliere senza remore, con spirito autenticamente fanciullesco.”
- Raffaello Russo, Music Won’t Save You
"Un flusso emozionale lento ed inarrestabile che rapisce per la sua persistente, ristoratrice grazia."
- Peppe Trotta, TRISTE
“Mag alles ein wenig philosophisch klingen, aber Lost Play verneigt sich akustisch vor der unberührten Kindheit auf einem einzigartigen Niveau. Wer gerne seine Gedanken zur Musik schweifen lässt, um die Kindheit wieder einzufangen, ist hier genau richtig aufgehoben. Atmosphärische Klanglandschaften mit einem neoklassischen Anstrich sind genau das, was Menschen in hektischen Zeiten brauchen, um zur Gesinnung zu kommen. Lost Play reiht sich mit seiner sympathischen Art nahtlos ein. Release ist am 08. Juni 2018 über das kleine Label Slowcraft Records uns bekommt von uns eine Empfehlung. Das Artwork stammt von Bobbie Russon.”
- André Schönauer, Gezeitenstrom
released June 8, 2018
The project was three years in the making and features:
Brona McVittie (Harp)
Jo Quail (Cello)
James Murray (Guitar, Bass, Keys, Electronics, Vocals)
Nick Samuel (Saxophone)
Thea and Chloe Murray (Vocals)
Maris Peterlevics (Violin)
Jack Hayter (Pedal Steel)
& Anne Garner (Vocals, Piano, Keys, Flute)
Written by Anne Garner
Produced by James Murray and Anne Garner
Mastered by Dean Honer
Artwork by Bobbie Russon