I first heard Brooke Annibale in 2011, when she released Silence Worth Breaking
. I was impressed with the songwriting and the perfect production: around that time, the Pittsburgh native was living in Nashville (she earned a degree in Music Business at Belmont University), so that polished, rootsy Music City sound was no surprise. It was music that seemed ready-made for TV dramas, and sure enough, Annibale's music has since been featured on One Tree Hill
, The Vampire Diaries
and Pretty Little Liars
, among others.
Since then, Annibale has moved back to Pittsburgh. The release of the 2013 EP Words in Your Eyes
was followed by a frustrating period of writer's block. But last year's return to Pittsburgh helped to reignite her creativity. The songs she wrote during that time became her new full-length, The Simple Fear
, which comes out today. Like Silence Worth Breaking
, it's a polished collection of warm singer-songwriter pop, though here she subtly trades a bit of her folk sensibly for strings-and-piano-laden soul.
Annibale explains a bit about the idea behind the record in her bio: “I had to deal with the fear of the unknown future and the struggle of letting go of the past. Those two conflicting feelings are woven throughout these songs: letting go and moving forward ... Fear is always complicated, but it’s simple in the sense that we all have certain fears in common at some point in our lives.”
You can check out The Simple Fear
(it's an ideal listen for a chilly gray day like this one), and don't miss Annibale's release show, happening tomorrow night, Oct. 3, at Pittsburgh Winery. 9 p.m. 2815 Penn Ave., Strip District. $12-15. 412-566-1000 or www.pittsburghwinery.com