Annabel - Song Premiere on The Fader / New LP Coming Soon on Tiny Engines
Tiny Engines recently announced the release of Having It All, the third full-length from Kent, Ohio's Annabel. The new album was produced by Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It.. Tiny Engines will release the record in June of 2015. You can sign up to be notified when pre-orders go live here! Check out the video teaser for the album here.
You can now hear the second single from Having It All. "Another Day, Another Vitamin" is premiering exclusively on The Fader. "Everything" previously premiered on Stereogum. The track was also featured/reviewed on Pitchfork andHalf Cloth.
In a fitting valediction for a song that's both humble, populist and aspirational in the tradition of emotive, Midwestern indie rock, Hendricks offers, "Not everything should need to have a meaning/ And not every second counts." It's not negative or cynical. It's a cry of freedom, of allowing life to happen on its own terms and finding meaning as it comes. - Pitchfork
The hallmarks pulse through their music: jangling guitars, lingering syllables, trembling drums, crunching tones that swirl upward and finally settle. You can hear all of that in “Everything,” the first single from the band’s upcoming third album, Having It All, which Into It. Over It.’s Evan Weiss produced. It’s the kind of song-cyclone that emotionally decimates, its grand yearning stirring up memories you thought you’d outlived. When the amp buzz finally quits at the end, you’re leveled — and it’s completely exhilarating. - Stereogum
At three minutes and 30 seconds, the song has space to move around, and the band’s singular grasp on songcraft means that a late-developing grower of a bridge pays off with a final, striking quiet/loud climax, one that features an even more flexible vocal performance from Hendricks, who adds a bit of warm rasp whenever the surroundings are quiet enough. It takes a real sense of balance and taste to be both the thinking-person’s indie-pop act and a group that grasps the easy-going pleasures of, say, Tokyo Police Club or Jimmy Eat World. More than any band in their broad milieu, you get the sense that you can trust Annabel with melodies and hooks and, ultimately, ideas. - Half Cloth
Having It All follows up numerous releases from the band on the Count Your Lucky Stars label. Also, Annabel previously released their 2010 EP, Here We Are Tomorrow, on Tiny Engines. You can currently stream the entire Annabel discography on Bandcamp. Also, check out an in-depth interview with Annabel from the Summer of 2014 on Half Cloth.
On appearances alone, Akron, Ohio’s Annabel could be any modest midwestern rock band—scrawny, bespectacled, with grins as permanent as their tattoos. A similar innocence might be perceived in their songs, in guitars that jingle and a bass that romps puppy-like, in vocals that compete with the music like a little brother for attention. But subsequent listens will reveal Annabel to be a band whose elements tangle into something complex and complete and . Indeed, Having It All feels orchestral at times, with guitars that intertwine and sometimes collapse into harmonic hums. The sticky chords on “The Fortunate Ones,” for example, are wrenched around by a stubborn drumbeat until a quiet chorus, during which singer Ben Hendricks warbles beneath the thrumming rhythm and whispering organ; toward the end, though, that quiet chorus rises into a roar during which melody burns white hot and the instruments, indistinguishable, melt into a pummeling progression. At no point does this complexity weigh the album down; instead, Annabel’s third full-length (and first with Tiny Engines since 2010’s Here We Are Tomorrow) feels joyful. The toms on “The Importance of Disappointment” bob with a rubber bounce, skip beneath guitars that spiral and spin like melodic mandalas. Even songs like the distant “Days In Between” and “How To: A Self-Help Guide,” whose acoustic strokes chop through spectral wisps, don’t sound like sad songs; instead, they serve as breathers, counterbalance the songs that seem breathless. This busyness doesn’t make Annabel any less modest; their music still possesses some pastoral, midwestern appeal. It’s just that their seeming simplicity, however sweet, may be more plentiful than it appears.