Release Date: October 23, 2015
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â€œWorn Out Skinâ€ is the newest album from Annabelleâ€™s Curse, a transcendent, genre-busting five-piece band that deftly sways from haunting and ethereal melody to unflinching and unforgettable rhythm and riffs.
Like a sweet drink of rare whiskey, or that last delicious bite, Annabelleâ€™s Curse entices listeners to gorge on a sound that can neither be wholly defined nor completely categorized.
Musically and lyrically, Annabelleâ€™s Curse draws from unyielding roots in Bristol, Virginia. The lyrics â€” sometimes haunting, sometimes hopeful â€” are consistently eloquent and evocative, rare and irresistible.
On â€œRich Valleyâ€ an ode to the bandâ€™s home, Tim Kilbourneâ€™s and Carly Booherâ€™s sweet, soulful vocals take listeners there â€” to that place, to those rolling hills, that peaceful river and the cool mountain air. Enticing harmonies punctuate the song, and Booherâ€™s mandolin, ever-present here, provides an element of bluegrass that drives the story, which the band tells with technical precision.
Kilbourne, who plays guitar and does much of the writing, started Annabelleâ€™s Curse with Zack Edwards, a high-energy guitarist who plays with such alacrity he developed a well-earned reputation for breaking strings. Travis Goyette and Tyler Luttrell bring the rhythm, artfully playing the drums and bass, respectively.
Itâ€™s easy to pin Annabelleâ€™s Curse with the Americana label, which has become all encompassing. But this band, regardless of genre, is so much more. It can mesmerize listeners with a poignant, resonant ballad then wake them with the equivalent of a musical punch to the gut, sometimes all within the same song.
On â€œBeneath the Clouded Moon,â€ for instance Kilbourne and Booher pair powerful harmony and a catchy chorus, evolving toward a tight yet free-willing instrumental, the bass and drums driving a progressive yet familiar breakout juxtaposed against searing guitars and a ringing mandolin.
The acoustic â€œCornerstone,â€ which Kilbourne â€” who shines here â€” played at his wedding, is beautifully sublime, a naked expression of love and commitment.
â€œTheir emotive, post-folk songs sweep from intimate whisper to anthem-like choruses, placing them in a category of bands like Mumford and Sons and The Decemberists that are testing the boundaries of modern Americana,â€ writes WDVX in Knoxville, Tennessee.
People are listening. A festival standout, Annabelleâ€™s Curse performs perennially at Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and the band made quite the impression this year at Rooster Walk 7 and again at FloydFest, a burgeoning mega-festival along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. (The band was runner-up in the festivalâ€™s On the Rise competition last year).
Says The Huffington Post, â€œThis five-piece alternative folk band from Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia doesn't seem to be cursed as much as blessed with talent."
Indeed. Place them where you will, but Annabelleâ€™s Curse offers a sumptuous blend of folk, bluegrass, even rock. Itâ€™s the music, its originality and the addictive nature, that truly defines this rising group of unassuming yet superbly talented musicians.
By: John Trump
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