|Hey Anna — Run Koko (July 7th, 2015)|
Hey Anna — Run Koko (July 7th, 2015) •≡• “Tell me something interesting
You are losing my attention
Sounds like you said that a hundred times
Don’t talk like you’re reading lines off a page And I don’t care about your money
You don’t have to buy me anything
I just wanna know what moves your body
And what’s it’s gonna take for you to move over here”. •≡• Blondie meets Beach House via Pet Sounds
Location: New York, NY
Album release: July 7th, 2015
Record Label: Self~released
Genre: Indie Pop, Female Vocal
01 Island 3:46
02 Cloudbird 3:43
03 By the Bay 3:45
04 Move Your Body 2:57
05 Don’t Talk Stop 3:43
06 White Fang 3:37
07 Anaphaze 4:09
08 Tangerine Lightning 3:01
09 Reprise 2:57
10 If You’re Wondering 4:09
11 Little Things 4:43
12 Paper Door 4:45
13 Mt. Picchu 4:01
Members: Erin Rauch, Sasseen Anna Rauch, Sasseen Katie Rauch, Sasseen Matthew Langner, Jamie DiTringo
•≡• Tracks coproduced/engineered/mixed by Jesse Cannon and Mike Oettinger at Cannon Found Soundation in Union City, NJ
•≡• By the Bay, Anaphaze, Mt. Picchu, Don’t Talk Stop, Reprise Little Things, Island, Move Your Body
•≡• Tracks engineered/mixed by Don Godwin at Phantom Center Studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY If You’re Wondering, Paper Door, White Fang, Cloudbird *mixed by Jesse Cannon
•≡• Recorded/mixed by Ralph Nicastro in Rutherford, NJ
•≡• Tangerine Lightning *additional vocals mixed by ARS
•≡• Mastered by Joe Lambert in Jersey City, NJ
•≡• Tracks 1, 5, 9, 11, published by Jujushi, Grandpa Boots, Cool Kids, Arc Minute (all SESAC) and Who Is Bill Music (ASCAP)
•≡• Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13 published by Jujushi, Grandpa Boots, Cool Kids, Arc Minute, Fat Charlie (all SESAC)
•≡• All Songs written by Hey Anna — Lyrics by ARS, ERS, KRS
© COPYRIGHT HEY ANNA 2015 Review
By Victor Alfieri · July 9, 2015 · in 2015; Score: 5 Stars
•≡• Earlier this year, we featured Hey Anna (for the fourth time) in our running column “Indie–Funded.” Run Koko, the band’s debut LP is the result of the hard work during that crowd sourcing campaign. The Brooklyn/NJ quintet, consisting of the three Rauch–Sasseen sisters (Erin, Anna & Katie), Matthew Langner and Jamie DiTringo, have quite simply created a masterpiece.
•≡• Run Koko is thirteen tracks of indie pop goodness. No, that isn’t a fair assessment, because this album encompasses so much more than indie pop. Throughout the album, the ladies produce harmonies that few bands could pull off. Could it be the whole familial thing? Most likely, as they are reminiscent of the Australian band Castlecomer (two sets of brothers who are all cousins, and a lifelong friend) in the way they make the harmonies throughout the album flow so flawlessly.
•≡• While the harmonies are the glue that holds the whole album together, it is the mixture of styles that further separates Hey Anna from the rest of the independent music world. Each track is sonically different, but when put together, they tell a story. Opening track “Island” starts off slightly subdued for any longtime fan of the band. It doesn’t stay that way, as the song picks up, but it is almost as if this was a movie and this would be played during the closing credits. It has all the highlights of a good Hey Anna song, but you’re ready to put your feet up and enjoy, rather than get up on your feet and “Move Your Body.”
•≡• Speaking of which (how’s that for a segue?), “Move Your Body” is the kind of track that the band has built its reputation on. While maybe more straightforward rock (the newest member of the band, Jamie DiTringo shines here) than you would expect, it is a dance song at heart. You’re driven to do just what the title says.
•≡• “By The Bay” is another track that drives you out of your seat. There is so much going on in this tune, from the sampling of a young (British) girl, the round–about vocals, the bass line that at times fall in line with the guitar riff, at others it rides the drum line, while also finding its own groove. The guitar riffs dance in and out, while the keys create a wall of sound throughout. “Tangerine Lightning” also plays around with mixing styles and musical ideologies, yet creates a positive “I NEED to get up and have fun” vibe.
•≡• “Don’t Talk Stop” rides on a psychedelic riff oozing with reverb. Put the top down on the car and turn it up. Whether you are cruising the coast or heading to the city, this track is best served with heavy humidity and much anticipation of a memory–making evening.
•≡• There are the heavy new wave synths and guitar work that scream of 80’s Brit pop in “Anaphaze” and for another completely different sound, there is “Reprise” that is just dying for somebody to say “Number 9??? Number 9???” (It’s a Beatles reference, Google it).
•≡• While this album is filled with highlights, one of strongest tracks is one that isn’t a happy–go–lucky positive song. Over the past week, I have spent countless hours listening to the entire Hey Anna catalog. There are so many wonderful things to be said about so many of them. BUT…the track that seems to stick with me is “Little Things.” Lyrically, there are few songs that show a vulnerability the way this one does. “For the most part…” When you take those words on the surface, it tells you that the singer is putting on a brave face. “For the most part…” things are fine. But “it’s the little things” that create reminders of why she is NOT all right.
•≡• The guitar riff throughout is simple, yet carries much weight, just like those four words “for the most part…” This song is an example of the growth of the band as a whole. Here is a song without the bounce of most Hey Anna tunes. There are no harmonies. It is one voice trying to be strong, yet failing as she realizes just how heartbroken she is. Find a quiet place. Turn off the lights. Press play…and then press repeat over and over…this one is a show stopper in all of its agonizing glory.
•≡• It is an interesting book end to the song just before it on the album. “If You’re Wondering” is more in your face. Our female protagonist is shouting from the rooftops to anybody who will listen, that she is just fine. Yet, we know that isn’t quite the case. The power of the drums screams of her bravado, but we know from the next track that it’s all a front.
•≡• There are no weak links in Run Koko. There are very few weak links in any of what this band does. Their strength is in their harmonies, and the way they create this summer sound. You could create an entire beach playlist from their music. The maturity in the band is realizing that we all don’t live at the beach and every day isn’t a summer party. There is so much more this band has to say, and Run Koko has given them a chance to start showcasing that.
•≡• This is a brilliant album from the very first note to the last. Hey Anna is why Wordkrapht exists. It is why we music lovers spend countless hours digging for some nugget of newness. We do it because bands like Hey Anna exist. They remind us of why we fell in love with music in the first place. •≡• http://wordkrapht.com/ // Also:
BY MITCH MOSK · JULY 7, 2015 · SCORE: 9.1
|Hey Anna — Run Koko (July 7th, 2015)|