Annuals are heating up for a busy fall in the capital city. First they will be playing Raleigh Wide Open 3 on the Cherry Bounce Alternative stage on September 6th and just a month later on October 7th, they will be releasing their sophomore albums, Such Fun. Hmmm, that date looks familiar.
The album will be released on Canvasback Music and is co-produced by front man Adam Baker and Jacquire King (Modest Mouse and Tom Waits). Lots of tour dates to parallel the release of the album will surface soon. Mike, you were right and man are these guys busy.
Both Raleigh heavyweights, The Rosebuds and Annuals will release their next album on the same day. What next, Birds of Avalon and The Bowerbirds too?
Such Fun embraces a vast landscape of musical richness, combining Adam’s accomplished songcraft with an instrumental palate that is even more blindingly colorful than their previous work. Straddling the line between epic post-rock, pop-rock guitar crunch, woozy country swings and lovely orchestral ballads, Such Fun is revelatory in its depth. Opener “Confessor” packs a killer, harmony-filled chorus layered with sweeping strings and keyboard droplets before the album moves into the head-nod mediation of “Hot Night Hounds,” the first song written for this record. “Down the Mountain” marries a drum-and-fiddle-filled jaunt with dancing polyrhythmic electric guitars, while “Always Do” is a smoldering swoon, dripping with slide guitar and a bursting crescendo chorus. Closing track “Wake” blossoms with bold, cinematic strings and promises of new beginnings, the perfect uplifting end to a perfectly crafted album that sees Annuals reaching to the farthest parts of their musical imaginations and coming back with something incredible.
2. Hot Night Hounds
4. Down the Mountain
5. Always Do
7. Hardwood Floor
8. Hair Don’t Grow
9. The Tape
10. Blue Ridge