Indie-pop artist and Voorheesville resident Annie Scherer has entered a new chapter with her first full-length album “Garden Bed.”
Released earlier this year, the dreamy and at times ethereal project reflects on Scherer’s college years, during which she’s grown in leaps and bounds as an artist.
The 21-year-old started taking piano lessons at a young age. When she was around 7 years old, she tried her hand at songwriting and by age 11 was writing more seriously.
“I just put so much time and energy into it. I just knew that’s what I wanted to do,” Scherer said.
She released her first EP “Dreams Like This” in 2017, the same year she started studying at the College of Saint Rose. There she formed a band and gigged around Albany.
Last fall, during her final semester at the school, while she studied from home thanks to the pandemic, she also began recording and producing “Garden Bed.” Though being away from campus was challenging, there was a benefit.
“It honestly, it was almost a blessing in disguise when it comes to recording because I didn’t have a lot of experience producing before so it gave me a lot of time to figure that out. Just being able to really take my time and understand the technology I was working with,” Scherer said.
Every song featured on the album was written during the last four years.
“I liked the idea of choosing songs that I had written during my time in college. I just felt like all those songs carried similar messages and similar sounds,” Scherer said.
It starts with the melancholy “Take Me Places,” which speaks to the vulnerability of new beginnings. “Andy Warhol,” an upbeat nod to the iconic figure, follows. “After Rain,” which appears a bit later on the album, reveals a more soulful side of Scherer’s voice. The slow crescendoing “Kaleidoscope” ends the album on a romantic note.
She recorded almost all of the instrumentation on her own and released “Garden Bed” in March. Unfortunately, there weren’t many opportunities to perform.
“I just had my first performance for the first time in a year and a half and I have more lined up, but it was really hard not to perform, especially when I released my album. I felt like I couldn’t really get out there and promote it the way I had wanted to,” Scherer said.
This Friday, she’ll perform the National Anthem at the Tri-City ValleyCats game. Then on Sunday, she’ll play out at Argyle Brewing Company from 1-3 p.m. Finally, on Monday, she’ll be the guest performer at the 2021 Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala at Proctors.
It’s a bit of a hectic reintroduction to gigging again, however, she’s looking forward to playing the songs from “Garden Bed,” especially “After Rain.”
“I remember when I wrote it I felt like it was maybe one of the best songs I’ve ever written, just overall lyricism, melody. I was really proud of that one. So it’s exciting to be able to share it with people,” Scherer said.
In the coming weeks, she’ll be working on music videos for “Garden Bed” tracks and fine-tuning songs for her next album.
“I’m kind of going in a different direction . . . my songwriting is pretty consistent but I’m going for a bit more of a darker, minor feel. I think some of the songs are going to be a bit more energetic,” Scherer said.
The Capital District Sports Women of the Year awards gala, which honors the best female student-athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District, starts at 7 p.m. Monday.
Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students with ID. For more information visit proctors.org.