POLLY PAULUSMA follows up her critically-acclaimed 2021 album ‘Invisible Music’ with ‘The Pivot On Which The World Turns’ (Wild Sound/OLI 2022), affectionately shortened to ‘Pivot’. The album marks a return to her singular brand of insightful songs that, in their subject matter, roam around the badlands of love, sex and parenthood, death and grief, failure and success, violence and healing.
’Pivot’ is the fifth studio album — and the ninth release — from this growing indie-folk legend, whose thought-provoking albums since 2004’s ’Scissors In My Pocket’ (OLI 2004) have earned her plaudits from international champions as far flung as Nic Harcourt at KCRW in LA and Michele Manzotti in Italy — as well as homegrown accolades from Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2) and The Guardian.
Polly is also a producer and label founder — her own label Wild Sound released records from nine other artists before becoming a folk imprint at OLI in 2016. Her songs are marked by intelligent lyrics and surprising melodic turns, and this new album features cowrites with Kathryn Williams, David Ford and the novelist Laura Barnett.
Support from ANNIE DRESSNER
Since moving from her hometown of NYC to the UK eleven years ago, singer-songwriter Annie Dressner has garnered rave reviews for her recordings and live performances. From her debut ‘Strangers…’, her EP ‘East Twenties’ and her second full-length ‘Broken…’, Dressner has gone from strength to strength. Her straightforward lyrical style, sharp ear for wordplay and crisp, lilting vocals offer listeners a front row seat to her stories. Her music has drawn comparisons to an up-tempo Mazzy Star, an understated Jenny Lewis, Soccer Mommy & Phoebe Bridgers.
Annie’s songs have received considerable airplay on Radio 2 and 6 Music (Gideon Coe, Tom Robinson, Steve Lamacq, Tom Ravenscroft) and Radio 1 via her cowrite with Saturday Night Gym Club ‘The Nowhere Team.’ She just released her third studio album, ‘Coffee At The Corner Bar’ with producer Paul Goodwin. Along with a set of new original songs, the album includes a Magnetic Fields cover & a co-write with Matthew Caws of Nada Surf.
Annie has collbaroated and co-written songs with David Ford, Polly Paulusma, Matthew Caws, The Last Dinosaur, Saturday Night Gym Club, Nigel Stonier & Tim Gordine.
Annie has performed at the Green Man Festival, Secret Garden Party, Cambridge Folk Festival, Cluny2, Green Note, Norwich Arts Centre, Cambridge Junction, Night & Day among countless other venues and has shared stages with Echobelly, Emily Barker, Simone Felice, The East Pointers, David Ford, Lucy Wainwright Roche & Fossil Collective. Last February she co-headlined tours with Polly Paulusma & Luke James Williams. Her music is also in Crucible Films’ ‘Drive Me To The End’ directed by Richard Summers-Calvert.
Recently, she was shortlisted for Female Artist of the Year 2020 by Fatea Magazine. She is half of the duo ‘David Ford & Annie Dressner’ which began after they went on tour in January, and subsequently recorded an album within 48 hours of the tour, that took 48 hours to write and recorded it in one 13 hour live session. The album is titled ’48 Hours with David Ford & Annie Dressner’ and will be released July 2022.
“Dressner is able to paint visceral images and transport the listener to the world of the song.” – American Songwriter
“…This album is low key one of the best pop releases of 2020.” –Paste Magazine
“Prepare to be moved, uplifted, and swept away. Coffee at the Corner Bar is extraordinary. Its emotional breadth makes it one of the best albums of the year so far, without a doubt. Exceptional.” – Shire Folk