Today, Norweigan pop phenomenon Annie releases a brand new song entitled “Corridors of Time,” a dark, meditative wash of churning synths and Annie’s always-gorgeous voice. Hitting touchpoints of Julee Cruise, Twin Peaks, Dire Straits and more, “Corridors of Time” is another standout from her forthcoming album, Dark Hearts — her first studio album in a decade — which will be released on October 16. The song focuses on being trapped in the middle of time: looking back, and looking ahead; it’s the story of a dancefloor in a theater, empty except for an older couple dancing together and a young girl dancing alone.
Dark Hearts, a pensive but quietly euphoric album about the lives we leave behind, explores the lives we can’t escape and the futures we hope to shape. Created as “the soundtrack to a film that doesn’t exist,” it’s an opulent and slightly extraordinary third album with an atmospheric palette inspired by The Wicker Man, Twin Peaks, David Cronenberg’s Crash, the evocation of the Great American road trip, and more. Dark Hearts, which was partially recorded in a country house haunted by a sprinting nun by Annie and Swedish producer Stefan Storm, is a record that is beautifully strange and strangely beautiful. It is inflected with 80s-inspired melancholy, sparkling synth lines and pulsing, reverb-filled beats.