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EDITORS’ NOTES

The eclectic debut of North Carolina’s indie-poppers Annuals, Be He Me, was a wild and multi-tentacled creation. Such Fun, the band’s follow-up, continues exploring a wide range of musical textures, but this time Annuals’ frontman and co-producer Adam Baker edits the whole affair to a more consistent and self-assured end.  “Hot Night Hounds” has an almost symphonic guitar structure in the first half, chords flittering like violin parts, while the second half showcases a little prog-rock sleight of hand. There are affectionate nods to countrified stylings on the rollicking “Dawn the Mountain,” replete with an urgent, giddy-up energy and lacy finger-picking, and on “Always Do” and “Blue Ridge,” where violins and steel guitar take the two-step down to a slow dance. The band’s fondness for chamber pop is exemplified on the string heavy “Wake” and the gorgeous “Springtime,” which starts as a sweet, idyllic soundtrack to budding love, but ends in a shimmering, joyful crescendo. Annuals still seem reluctant to follow a single path, and that alone can keep fans interested for the long haul.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The eclectic debut of North Carolina’s indie-poppers Annuals, Be He Me, was a wild and multi-tentacled creation. Such Fun, the band’s follow-up, continues exploring a wide range of musical textures, but this time Annuals’ frontman and co-producer Adam Baker edits the whole affair to a more consistent and self-assured end.  “Hot Night Hounds” has an almost symphonic guitar structure in the first half, chords flittering like violin parts, while the second half showcases a little prog-rock sleight of hand. There are affectionate nods to countrified stylings on the rollicking “Dawn the Mountain,” replete with an urgent, giddy-up energy and lacy finger-picking, and on “Always Do” and “Blue Ridge,” where violins and steel guitar take the two-step down to a slow dance. The band’s fondness for chamber pop is exemplified on the string heavy “Wake” and the gorgeous “Springtime,” which starts as a sweet, idyllic soundtrack to budding love, but ends in a shimmering, joyful crescendo. Annuals still seem reluctant to follow a single path, and that alone can keep fans interested for the long haul.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

43 Ratings

Amazing

T Crowds,

Awesome album top to bottom doesnt slack on any songs any good band's music changes through out their career I think the changes made from the last album "Be He Me" to this "Such Fun" are very good. Very impressive album

Check these guys out!

Kevin Windle,

I was fortunate enough to first hear these guys live when they opened for Minus The Bear this year and they blew me away! When they played Hot Night Sounds I was sold and convinced this band is definitely going places and quick. They have so many layers to there music and you can find so many different aspects of how talented they are everytime you listen to a song. This album is definitely worth it and I look forward to further learning more and more about this truly unique band!

About Annuals

Singer/songwriter Adam Baker, guitarist Kenny Florence, bassist Mike Robinson, guitarist Zack Oden, pianist Anna Spence, and drummer Nick Radford create the orchestrated, expansive indie rock of North Carolina's Annuals. Hailing from Raleigh, three of the band's members -- Baker, Florence, and Robinson -- began playing together in various bands during childhood. With the addition of Oden, Spence, and Radford, the musical collective was properly born in 2004. Annuals' spunky energy drew influence from the likes of Mike Patton, Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, Radiohead, and Aphex Twin, and the burgeoning group began attracting an audience with its live show, during which the bandmates would often swap instruments.

Stateside performances with Tapes 'n Tapes coincided the release of Annuals' debut album, Be He Me, which hit shelves in October 2006 courtesy of Ace Fu Records. The album made a sizable splash in the blogosphere, where Web-based publications like Pitchfork and Stylus Magazine applauded the group's orchestral pop. Meanwhile, European magazines like NME helped Annuals build a fan base overseas. A series of EPs followed, including two releases in 2007 and another (the engaging Wet Zoo) in 2008. That same year also saw the release of Annuals' second full-length release, Such Fun, which featured cover art by Bob Ross and production by Jacquire King. Another EP, Sweet Sister, appeared in 2010, intended to tide fans over while the bandmates worked on their third studio album, Count the Rings, which arrived later that year. The self-released Time Stamp followed in 2013. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

  • ORIGIN
    Raleigh, NC
  • FORMED
    2004

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