Interview: New York’s Annie Scherer Channels Melancholy on ‘Garden Bed’

We tend to take things for granted as children. Running around without a care in the world, rarely thinking about what the next day could bring and solely existing just to live in the moment.

The themes of Annie Scherer’s debut album – Garden Bed wrestle with a longing for that period of her life, capturing the bittersweet feeling of adulthood finally catching up to her while closing the chapter on her life’s youth.

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Inspired by artists like Lana Del Rey and Beach House, you’ll hear their influence right away. The breathy vocals, sombre instrumentals and overall distant atmosphere of her music leads to a record that just oozes the feelings of yearning and sentimentality.

Read on for my full interview with Annie, and listen to her debut album Garden Bed here.


Turntable Thoughts:

Tell me about yourself.

Annie Scherer:

I am a 21 year old alt-pop singer/songwriter from upstate NY. Music and art have been my greatest passions since I started classical piano training at age 6. That’s also around the time I started writing small compositions that eventually evolved into songs.

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Turntable Thoughts:

What is your debut album – Garden Bed all about?

Annie Scherer:

Garden Bed is a reflection of my experiences and feelings over the past three years. The title comes from one of the first lines of “Phases Grow,” which is a song that embodies the mood of the entire album. There’s an underlying theme of hope, and learning that time will heal everything. Garden Bed also captures feelings of love and disappointment, all while we continue to grow.


Turntable Thoughts:

In your press release, it says that Garden Bed is “the unique experience of being a woman navigating her early 20’s”. Could you elaborate more on these experiences?

Annie Scherer:

Definitely. I wrote all of Garden Bed in college, which was a constant series of highs and lows for me. There’s a lot to be learned in those few years as we start to become who we’re meant to be.

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Turntable Thoughts:

How was it like to write every song on the album on your own?

Annie Scherer:

I’ve always written my own music, so it’s exciting to bring my songs to life and compile them into a complete album. Producing was brand new to me though. I had a lot of time in quarantine to experiment and I ended up producing all but one of the tracks off Garden Bed.


Turntable Thoughts:

Could you tell me more about your musical inspirations?

Annie Scherer:

My parents raised me on rock n’ roll bands, such as The Beatles, The Kinks, and Queen. I have always loved the rawness of that era. The melodies of that time are also some of the best, so I try to write catchy music like that.

My style and instrumentation is mostly influenced by artists like Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Beach House, and others similar to them. I never get sick of their music.

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Turntable Thoughts:

What are your plans for the future?

Annie Scherer:

Hopefully live music can resume soon. I’d love to perform music off Garden Bed for a live audience. I’m also already thinking about the next album. I have a pretty good idea of the direction I’ll be going in, but I don’t want to jump too far ahead.

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Based in Melbourne and Malaysia. Jensen is a part-time journalist and full-time music fan.

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