THE SONGS

If you’re han­ker­ing for a dreamy help­ing of retro sound in­flu­enced by the mu­si­cal greats of the Bri­tish ‘60s scene, then An­nie & Bern can deliver

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Through their vin­tage sound and retro style, An­nie & Bern set out to evoke the sweet­ness, wit and ro­mance of Bri­tain in the 1960s. The Mel­bourne-based duo – Ann-Ma­ree McKee and Bernard Robertson – re­cently re­leased their de­but al­bum Here Comes The Love.

Packed with up­beat, ro­man­tic and vin­tage-pop tunes, McKee says the 13-track record ex­plores the com­plex and some­times con­tra­dic­tory na­ture of re­la­tion­ships, re­veal­ing the beauty of how frag­ile and en­dur­ing love can be.

“The emo­tional cur­rent of the al­bum is one of a will­ing­ness to sincerely open your heart – to oth­ers, to your own feel­ings, and to pos­si­bil­ity,” says McKee.

Hav­ing played to­gether for more than 12 years, An­nie & Bern pride them­selves on their un­beat­able syn­chronic­ity.

The pair are in­flu­enced by the greats of the Bri­tish ’60s scene – Lulu, Sandie Shaw, The Bea­tles, Gerry & The Pace­mak­ers and The Kinks to name a few.

McKee says they are in­spired to recre­ate these clas­sic sounds.

“It’s some­times dreamy, some­times raw, but al­ways hon­est and with in­tegrity,” says McKee.

In a live set­ting, McKee says the duo like to “emit a rich ta­pes­try of beau­ti­ful bal­ladry, with mes­meris­ing gui­tar as the an­chor”.

“It is de­liv­ered in as stripped-back and bare a fash­ion as pos­si­ble,” she says.

Set to show­case songs from Here Comes The Love on the Gold Coast this weekend, An­nie & Bern will also put their spin on clas­sics by Pe­tula Clark, Shirley Bassey, Nancy Si­na­tra, The Troggs, The Zom­bies and The Tur­tles, Blondie, The Light­ning Seeds and more. An­nie & Bern play Man­dala Or­ganic Arts Cafe on Satur­day night.

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