Exhilaration: The state of being stimulated, refreshed, or elated; the feeling of lively and cheerful joy. If one was forced to pick a single word to describe the music of ANNABEL, it would be exhilaration. The title of the indie rock/pop outfit from Kent, Ohio’s latest EP, Now That We’re Alive, is about as a appropriate as it gets. The five songs speak to that exhilaration - that youthful, honest exuberance. It is that feeling that carries Annabel to such memorable heights on Now That We’re Alive.
On Now That We’re Alive, Annabel plays an infectious brand of indie pop laced with feverish melodies. The band balances it all with post-punk dynamics that convey a heightened sense of urgency. Annabel delivers a great deal of melodic goodness, but this trio is certainly no one-trick pony. The band can cuddle up next to you with lush keyboards one moment before dropping their feedback-laced wall-of-sound guitar aesthetics the next. Annabel takes the best from a number of different genres and forges their own unique path.
Sometimes it is just impossible to put your finger on why we fall in love with a particular band. You can discuss musicianship, influences and everything else in between till you are blue in the face. However, it all comes down to how the music makes you feel. It is that subtle something that you can never put into words. Annabel is one of those bands that simply have “it.” Like a bearhug from the person you need it from the most, Now That We’re Alive is the sound of joy unrehearsed. Oh Annabel, you had me at hello.
Annabel is Ben Hendricks (vocals, guitar, keys, etc.), Andy Hendricks (drums, vocals) and Scotty Moses (bass, vocals). Now That We’re Alive was recorded, mixed and mastered by Aaron Rogers. Now That We’re Alive is self-released by Annabel. The young troupe is currently writing material that will comprise their debut full-length and planning summer adventures.
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