Filed under: Issue 22, Issue 22 Reviews | Tags: Annuals, blog band, EP, sweet sister
Part of our Issue 22 coverage!
WE GIVE IT: 11/20 Watts
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North Carolina’s Annuals have earned the well-deserved title of indie music’s first “blog band,” a term that’s gained quite a bit of relevance on today’s scene. After achieving notoriety via a host of rave reviews of their original sound and potential, Annuals have turned out two full lengths and a host of EPs, including their latest effort, Sweet Sister.
Sweet Sister features a much more electro-curious sound than any of Annuals’ past efforts. Each of the members’ penchant for studio experimentation is obvious. This mix results in a forward thinking, but hardly engaging extended play.
Opener “Loxtep” features the record’s most captivating instrumentation, departing from the group’s original sound with its unmistakably Latin/island influence. It becomes one of the more impressive slices of the album, not to mention its most memorable.
As the EP continues into “Turncloaking,” its impressive production makes up for some of its sonic shortcomings. The track’s expansive soundscape has an entrancing feel, although it also becomes a bit too vague at times.
The EP itself can be best summed up as disengaging. It stands pale in comparison to some of the group’s past work. Stellar production aside, the writing on the record is barely memorable, with very few moments that stick with you once the song is finished. In short, Sweet Sister had the potential to be one of Annuals’ most notable recordings. Regrettably, however, it comes up short.
BY John Luposello