Annapurna is a Louisville, KY based band. Formed in 2015, they were originally an acoustic outfit that later transitioned to a full band (two electric guitars, bass, drums). They released their first record The Greater Good in New Albany at One Twenty Seven Studios on July 2018. They are following up with the release of their second effort entitled Natural Position EP.
Annapurna’s sophomore release sees the band moving in a new direction. A shift from their previous meditations on addiction and personal shortcomings, the new EP sees a growth in the band. The new songs offer up a refreshing dose of positivity. In a sonic perspective, the songs are now imbued with dreamy and lush elements that create some haunting soundscapes while still holding true to their prog-y roots.
Natural Position EP opens with “Lovely” where an array of instrumentals starts off this track. Soft and vulnerable vocals and dreamy layers from the other instruments gradually grow more insistent. The vocals become more amped as the melody dives into a more driven sound.
Following is “Good Luck With That,” where a mellow and relaxing vibe could be detected from the instrumentals and soft vocals. The clashing sound of synths offer up an ‘80s-inspired, new wave feel. The guitar work is intricate and recalls a Minus the Bear vibe. The vocals are sung in a falsetto that also conjures a Bon Iver appeal.
Right from the get-go the instrumentals move into a driven and rock-propelling sound on “Hell, There Could be Worse.” The guitars spiral overhead, creating a wall of sound. The drums and bass lines provide in the rhythms section. This is a pure instrumental interlude that plays for under three-minutes of jam time. The band really showcases deft musicianship on this number.
On “Linden Hill,” intricate guitar work sounds off toward the start. The vocals buoyed by the guitars are bursting. The album closes with this apt closer filled with emotional power and dynamism.
With an intricate and dream-like style that sounds a lot like a blend of Minus the Bear, Local Natives and Beach House, the band’s melodic pop harmonies are filled with gossamer-like details. With uplifting messages, Natural Position will leave you pensive and in a contemplative mood. These pop melodies will have you pining for more.
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