Des Moines has some budding indie-rock royalty on their hands. After discovering the spellbindingly-beautiful sounds of Annalibera this past winter, we’ve been sharing their debut, Nevermind I Love You, with anyone willing to listen…Emerging with its own cohesive style and theme, L.I.A.R. employs a semi-country-tinged twang-pop playfulness sure to win over any listener.
“Love in a Recession” is the first track from Annalibera since the release of their rightfully acclaimed and stunning debut album Nevermind I love You. The 3-track EP, L.I.A.R., was recorded during the album sessions, and while it shares a sound and vision with the album material, through Anna Gebhardt’s wonderful vocals and lyrical themes, it swaps some of the album’s lush dream-pop sonics for country-twinged acoustic folk. Slide guitars over swirling guitars, in other words. It is, however, every bit as wonderful as its predecessor.
My grandmother came from a big family during The Great Depression. She had 10 siblings, each seemingly born about 9 months apart…Never have I met a thriftier bunch of folks, nothing was ever tossed away. ..She also had a wicked sense of humor about it all, she’d make jokes about how her brothers had only one thing to play with as kids. And being poor was the reason why she had so many siblings, it’s what people did back then. That’s why Annalibera’s new song, ‘Love In A Recession’ struck a chord, if not my funny bone. Don’t make me spell it out for you, listen for yourself.
L.I.A.R is the follow up to the band’s debut, Nevermind I Love You, and was recorded during the same session as the album, taking more of a twangy pop sound but still holding that 90’s Lillith Fair-esque quality I can’t get enough of.
When I sit down at the end of the year and compile my end of the year lists, Annalibera will definitely be in the mix. Their debut LP keeps revealing wonders with each listen, Anna Gebhardt’s breathtaking voice melts my heart without fail.
Northern Transmissions premieres Annalibera‘s “Love In A Recession,” the first single from L.I.A.R., the 3-song follow-up to March’s debut full-length Nevermind I Love You (Sump Pump Records). L.I.A.R. was recorded during the same session as the album, but emerged with its own cohesive sound and theme, full of country-tinged twang-pop playfulness.
“Because let’s be real, [Annalibera] hit home on human nature”: Surviving the Golden Age reviews Annalibera‘s debut album Nevermind I Love You, out now on vinyl and digital formats on Sump Pump Records.
[Gebhardt’s] classically trained voice is so remarkable, I kept waiting for it to reach its limit, but the limit never came…The ethereal, operatic vocals take skills of which many other vocalists can only dream.
Nevermind I Love You is one of the most enthralling and tantalizing debuts to come out not just this year but in recent memory. The Des Moines, Iowa band’s first full-length is dramatic and cinematic; it is at times operatic; and it’s a sheer force of sound from start to finish…“Black Cat White Cat” [is] one of the best songs of the early year, the lyrics are poignant, honest, and hard-hitting.
Their debut opener gives the impression that their genesis will not be taken with a grain of salt…Something caught me with this album. It could be the dynamics these musicians swarm around on “Battle World”. It could be the way Gebhardt mixes with the music, and the importance of the lyrics that are positioned so neatly on “Blooms”.
Just about two years ago the Des Moines group Annalibera sprang seemingly from nowhere, playing a knockout set at the 2013 GDP and shortly after that were one of the first acts announced for the 80/35 Music Festival. The group was quick to release a three-song EP and performed regularly, but the band’s long awaited full length album, “Nevermind I Love You,” is just seeing its release this week with two Des Moines shows.