Ana Never creates one of the most essential post-rock albums of the year. We will never forget the moment we have received the recording and start listening to it. When we heard the whole album, we knew how lucky we were. “We have listened to one of the greatest post-rock albums of all the times.”
Ana Never is a band from Subotica (Serbia) exists since spring 2002. Shaped in a spirit of friendship and sensibility, it emerged out of exploration and experience of music and life of its three members, Srdjan Terzin (guitar), Dejan Topic (guitar) and Goran Grubisic (drums), who were friends since they were children.
Existing more than ten years, a few other musicians got through this band, in the latest constellation band have five members. Consisting of: Srđan Terzin (guitar, bass, keys), Dejan Topić (guitar), Goran Grubišić (drums, guitar) Davor Bašić Palković (bass, guitar), Boris Čegar (keys). Former members were Ivan Čkonjević on the guitar, bass (2004 – 2010) Ivana Primorac on the base guitar (2003 – 2006).
Through the decade Ana Never emerged as one of the most respected bands of post-rock related music in the Balkan region. The band have played all around the south east and central Europe, shared stage with Jeniferever, Kayo Dot, Heirs and many many others. They have been hosting and promoting Nadja, Dorena, Khuda, Sun Glitters, Port-royal, Shaking Sensations and dozens of other bands and artists for their live shows in Serbia. They are in our family since 2010, their self-titled debut album was a superb.
On their new album “Small Years“, Ana Never creates exciting and sensual atmosphere and waves of sounds in a lonely planet. We are landing this planet with 26 minutes and 34 seconds long track “Future Wife” where droning guitars slowly runs to climax. The special guest, Tijana Stankovic on violins has made a great contribution to the album and the violin lines of “Future Wife” make the song wear wings accordingly to to quietly plucked guitar notes and drum rolls. We continue traveling with “Half Way” which is the shortest track of the record. We find a coherent dark story here driven by piano / broken hearted guitars. The third track; “Gorgeous One” brings us to the most peaceful areas on this planet, there are lots of things picture here in the 16:14 run time.
The last track “To Live For” is the longest track of the album which brings an energetic and dark conclusion to the album. It’s not safe enough to listen while driving because the violent tornado may take you in, you should hide behind your inner shadows before it unfolds gently.
In short, we believe Ana Never has crafted a masterpiece in their four track, 75 mintues 34 seconds long album. Let’s make reference to Joy Division here: They share a dream, no post-rock fan can step outside.