Anne-Marie Helder has done a Beyoncé and released a new record out of the blue with no prior announcement. Called simply “Solo Live”, it’s a five track EP of live recordings of her solo material.
In the mid-2000s, between the disollution of the first incarnation of Karnataka and the start of Panic Room, Anne-Marie toured extensivly as an acoustic solo act, playing 200 gigs in one year at one point. As first Panic Room and then Luna Rossa became more established, the solo side of Anne-Marie’s music has taken less prominence, though she did support Steve Hackett in some major venues in 2013.
.As Anne-Marie explains on her Facebook page, these recordings for this EP date from 2009 when she was the tour support for Ultravox. They were made by the sound engineer at Portsmouth Guildhall, and had been thought lost. But they’ve turned up, and have been professionally mixed and mastered by Panic Room’s and Luna Rossa’s producer Tim Hamill.
The EP can be streamed or purchased as a download from Anne-Marie’s Bandcamp page.