Annie Kemble finds her musical inspiration in film drama

Winford Hunter

Dive Bar, the debut release from Des Moines musician Annie Kemble, has five tracks and a few of non-musical interludes that audio like they are from a film script. This technically makes the album an EP, or “extended play” launch. Kemble is very mindful of this, but as she states, “I’m just spectacular,” and phone calls it an album.

Kemble’s songs fashion

It’s really hard to imagine a far more appropriately-titled release than Dive Bar. The jazz- and soul-affected songs, put together with Kemble’s wonderful voice and aptitude for the extraordinary, create an knowledge that will immediately transport you to your favorite dive bar or other dwelling away from house. The album also serves as an homage to the audio Kemble listened to though increasing up.

“I drew a lot of inspiration from the songs I was singing in the dive bars that I sang at,” explained Kemble. “A good deal of them are directly impressed by addresses I did with the band I worked with. The full electricity of the album, I required to pay homage to dive bars, and give men and women a glimpse into who I am, and give an introduction to me as a singer and as an artist.”

Annie Kemble sings while the band Birdie Pie plays behind her in IPR's studios.

Annie Kemble and Birdie Pie visited IPR’s studios to carry out some music from her new EP.

In addition to doing in include bands, Kemble also studied tunes at The School for New music Vocations, at Southwestern Community College in Creston. The expertise geared up her for a audio career in far more ways than one.

“I’m from Panora, which is tiny, and Creston is also small but it seemed huge. It was like ‘There’s a Walmart listed here!’” explained Kemble. “It was a great changeover in advance of coming to Des Moines, and I discovered a lot about all sorts of songs factors that I by no means even imagined.”

Irrespective of her possess instruction with arranging and taking part in quite a few instruments, Kemble introduced in Iowa-centered musician and arranger Erik Jarvis to produce Dive Bar. “I can type of connect what I want for the reason that I have a tiny little bit of schooling in these locations, but Erik is way improved at arranging than I am,” reported Kemble. “I took courses on it, but I was never ever very superior at the concept things. I like executing!”

Musical influences

Kemble is also a huge motion picture buff, and readily acknowledges movies’ impact on her music. “I appreciate movies. I do not have the notice span for Television reveals. I like how flicks get ideal down to it, there is not substantially filler stuff,” claimed Kemble. “I appreciate a lot of film noir and outdated Hollywood stuff. That was a further significant inspiration for this album, the type of noir, ‘whodunit’ vibe, which I believe I want to hold heading with.”

In truth, not very long right before our interview, Kemble rewatched 1 of her most loved movies: The Woman From Shanghai, launched in 1947, directed by Orson Welles and starring Rita Hayworth. “There’s so significantly lore and drama about it,” claimed Kemble. “The lead actress was courting the director, and the movie acquired all minimize up in post. That type of stuff is so cool to master about. I wrote a tune about that movie, so we’ll see how that finishes up.”

Musical collaborations

Kemble done in the IPR studios recently with the Des Moines band Birdie Pie. She’s appeared with them on a number of events, equally at her personal exhibits and theirs. Kemble phone calls these collaborations “super crucial.”

“In the style I’m in, with participating in sort of jazz-based mostly new music, I feel it is seriously crucial to collaborate with other artists,” mentioned Kemble. “I really like to engage in piano, but I know I’m not the greatest pianist in the earth, so it’s genuinely cool to be able to consider a back seat and enable other people shine.”

Yet another just one of Kemble’s typical collaborators is the Des Moines rapper B.Perfectly, who’s showcased Kemble in a pair of his tracks. “Mine,” from his album Billy, capabilities Kemble and is B.Well’s most streamed track. “Every time I get to execute with [B.Well], it’s a fantastic time, and that tune obtained a whole lot of love, so it’s exciting to hear persons nevertheless listen to that,” stated Kemble.

Just one of Kemble’s performances with B.Properly was through his set at previous year’s 80/35 pageant, and this calendar year, she has her own slot at the pageant. “I’m so pumped,” claimed Kemble. “I’m really enthusiastic to get dwell things likely, and build a total clearly show and have it be an immersive experience that is all my personal music. I’ve never experienced a festival time slot with my have identify on it. I really like 80/35, and it is an honor to get to engage in there.”

Annie Kemble sings into a microphone in the foreground while BWell can be seen out of focus in the background.

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Annie Kemble accomplishing with B.Very well at Wooly’s in Des Moines.

What arrives up coming

Apart from preparing for her 80/35 look, Kemble is tricky at do the job on her upcoming album, titled Pink Limousine, which she hopes will be completed just before the close of the yr. “I want to do a fuller duration album,” said Kemble. “I want to do a lot more interludes and inform extra tales, and kind of continue on on with the story of who I am and where I’m likely.”

Musically, she expects the up coming album to investigate new territory. “I think ‘Movie’ was the funkiest [song on the first EP], or a stage into funky,” reported Kemble. “On Pink Limousine, I’m hoping to do a few a lot more funky songs, and I’m including additional of a bossanova, Latin really feel. Sort of flamenco guitar, castanet-y, remarkable-style things.”

In advance of you go…

Dive Bar is offered on Bandcamp and main streaming services. Kemble’s scheduling reveals for the rest of the yr, but if you capture a person of her performances, really don’t assume to get a consume with her following the clearly show.

“Honestly, immediately after I get finished with my established, I’m generally going to get food stuff,” stated Kemble. “I’m really likely to Massive Tomato subsequent door to get some pizza. If I did have a drink, it would just be a seltzer or some thing. I’m kind of uninteresting.”

And, if you happen to be dying to know, in this article are Kemble’s Top rated 5 Film Noir movies:

  1. The Lady From Shanghai
  2. Gilda
  3. Sunset Boulevard (“I noticed it at the Varsity Cinema not long ago – I’m so glad that theatre re-opened!!!”)
  4. Some Like It Very hot
  5. Se7en

Annie Kemble is IPR’s Artist of the Thirty day period for March. Learn far more about IPR’s Artist of the Month series listed here.

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