LITTLE ANNIE & BABY DEE
State of Grace
Tin Angel Records
Singer, painter and actress Little Annie (Annie Bandez) is cult stardom personified. Nearly 32 years after releasing her first single on Crass Records, the New Yorker is still, ahem, a well kept secret. Yet her fans and celeb collaborators such as Kid Congo Powers and Marc Almond regard her as a legend whos always pushing boundaries.
As various times the New Yorker has dabbled in punk, reggae, electronic, industrial and other experimental musical forms. Now, though, Little Annie has teamed with composer Baby Dee, a transsexual whos also a classically trained harpist and circus sideshow veteran, to create this collection of songs which sound as though they were nicked from a weird fringe show. Guests include Bonnie Prince Billy who duets with Annie on the title track, his singing providing welcome contrast to her theatrical EarthKitt-ish vocal style. It shouldn't come as any surprise that the pair are mutual admirers: theyre kindred spirits intent on finding back routes that will keep them well away from the big crowds hovering just around the corner.