12 Sep 2017

Ana Never – Long Turning

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Track List

1. Tomorrow Is The Livelong Day 1
2. Long Turning
3. I Saw You Today
4. Martha
5. Tomorrow Is The Livelong Day 2

Ana Never - Long Turning

Music is one of the greatest lullabies of the soul. Not just any music, great music. Which is going to bring post-rock lovers to the album, Long Turning, by Ana Never.

Long Turning is a work of art. It is not just about the tracks, but the feelings and memories this album emanates. It produces a certain ambience resembling a palliative atmosphere of love and passion. Though only having five songs in the album, the band still reassured its fans of the best forty three minutes of the best kept secrets in post-rock genre. Their first track, named “Tomorrow is the Livelong Day” is a six minute piece creates a relaxation mood as the near silent guitars are joined by the drum’s kicks and snares which slowly build up as the track continues. This track gives the album’s ambient nature as the snares slowly bring the track to a finish. It is surely enjoyable when in a relaxed nature.

The second track in the album, is very captivating such that Ana Never decided to make it the title of the album. “Long Turning”, composed by Goran Grubišić, the main drummer of the band is a ten minute track which enchants the listener right from the beginning with the bass starting out with the guitar to create that post­rock feeling. The slow beats of the snares give out its tempo and harmonizes with the guitar then all the other instruments join in very nicely to the end. One can tell that this song is really special after listening to it the first time. The third track brings back the ambience and relaxation mood as violin and piano harmonize to a soothing tune. Named by the band as “I Saw You Today”, this five minute track starts off with a slow tempo which carries on to the end, and drifts off the listener into peaceful thoughts and it also gives the ambience nature of the album.

The fourth track, “Martha” is the longest track of the album, about seventeen and a half minutes long. At the start, the guitar alone is experienced, creating a gentle tempo then later joined by the piano and others. It continues the album’s ambient nature. Upon listening to this track, one can see that it has its special moments especially towards the end when the tempo comes to a rising innuendo. The last track named “Tomorrow is the Livelong Day 2” is merely a partner to the first track of the album, only more emotional. This four and a half minute track slightly differentiates from the first track of the album mainly because of its beats and tempo. The kicks and snares give it a rather fun­edge and a faster tempo. It is surely an excellent way to finish off the album with.

Ana Never has never disappointed its fans. “Long Turning” which comes after band’s critically acclaimed 2012 album “Small Years”, gets Ana Never’s music land on new surfaces to give new tastes.

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Release Date:  May 26, 2016
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08 Sep 2017

Ana Never – Live For The Very First Time

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Track List

1. No Words Left
2. 30 Seconds of my Past Life
3. Fucking' Big Picture
4 .Future Wife
5. 27
6. Gorgeous One
7. To Die For

Ana Never - Live For The Very First Time

Ana Never from Serbia celebrates their 12th anniversary and 10th anniversary of their first live show this year. They have a gift for their friends and fans who love them and listen to their gorgeous instrumentals.

They will be releasing a new studio album this year. This live recording comes before the upcoming storm.

Ten years after their first concert, they decided to reward their listeners. The recording took place in Mini Club in their hometown Subotica. It comes today as it is; a very raw recording, without mixing and mastering. Nevertheless, it will be hugely appreciated by both band's and label's fans.

Ana Never members said their upcoming studio album is coming soon. This live recording from 2004 is a good gift for the band fans (including all Fluttery Records family) who are impatiently waiting for the record.

This is a digital only release and free, still you can reward it on Bandcamp.

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Release Date:  May 8, 2014
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05 Sep 2017

Ana Never – Small Years

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Track List

1 - Future Wife
2 - Half Way
3 - Gorgeous One
4 - To Live For

Ana Never - Small Years

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 album of all the times."

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.

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A Closer Listen / Zachary Corsa

“Half Way” is a ghostly little interlude, the ideal comedown to the massive tidal swell of what came before. Stirring little piano snippets over a bed of noise segue into the aptly-named “Gorgeous One”, another violin-led wander through heartbroken topographies that brings to mind Early Day Miners, Balmorhea and even Dirty Three before its eventual, blissfully inevitable climb skyward. Fact of the matter is, sometimes there’s great pleasure in the expectation of the usual crescendos in post rock. The final piece, “To Die For”, is slightly mathier, with brisk drumming and American Football clean guitars rushing in tandem between the giant swells of noise. The album ends in a whisper, disintegrating into a half-life of ash and meltdown, resigned, sated. The thing about indie rock is that the Dirty Projectors can’t make a trip to the local Kroger feel like battling a horde of Vikings for control of the earth.

“Post rock is boring.” Shut up. “Post rock is predictable.” Shut up again. “All post rock is the same.” Meet a fist. Enough. When post-rock is this good, all the self-serious dialogue and nose-in-the-air judgment doesn’t matter. This album destroys.

Fade To Yelow

Fluttery Records seem to have a knack of signing artists who release great albums. This latest album release by Serbian based Ana Never is more than great. This is epic post-rock, 4 tracks on this album, titled ‘Small Years’ spans over 75 minutes. The shortest track, Half Way is nearly 5 minutes long while the longest track, To Live For, is just slightly over 28 minutes long. The opening track Future Wife has a slow entrance, and equally slow exit, at just over 26 minutes in length, there is no real hurry to go anywhere. the song builds, almost drone like, then transforms into this long form post-rock sound that is patiently building and building before ebbing away. The last song, ‘To Live For’, moves along at a slightly different pace to the other three tracks on this release. Ana Never do have a history of long form songs and it works perfectly, it certainly never feels that long when you are listening to it. So, Fluttery Records triumph again with this release and their seemingly endless stream of signed artists from all over the globe who produce music of the highest calibre.

Beach Sloth

The album title may be a bit of a joke as these are giant songs. Ana Never knows how to create epically long, grandiose pieces. With two pieces clocking in at almost a half hour these are giant slabs of Post-Rock akin to Godspeed You Black Emperor’s work. Classical instruments such as violins contribute to this particular feel. Here the songs soar. Everything takes a long time to build yet when it does it becomes overwhelming. Pieces get rather loud and extremely busy. More than a few times it feels less like a band and more like an entire village is performing.

Aggression comes out in the first piece ‘Future Wife’. The violinist does a particularly lovely job of rising above the guitar-generated din. Musicians work together to keep relatively calm for the first half. However about halfway through Ana Never gets extremely aggressive, beyond that of regular Post-Rock. It sounds almost metal-influenced, akin to Mogwai’s approach. ‘Gorgeous One’ lives up to its name and remains calm. Little in the way of aggressive distortion can be found on this one as it has a much more positive, upbeat approach. It is an infinitely hopeful piece. ‘To Live For’ sounds like an endurance test for the band. Ana Never avoids an outright long build up. From the beginning the song is on the verge of explosion and get moving relatively quickly. In less than two minutes it is in full swing. This is kept up for much of the duration of the song, only catching its breath about halfway through the piece.

‘Small Years’ is giant in every sense of the word: scope, size, and execution.

William Henry Prince

To Live For is twenty eight minutes of swelling, moody brilliance. Like the movement of the sea, it is deep, powerful and constantly shifting, propelled by elemental, emotional forces.

Ana Never have been variously described as ‘instrumental’, ‘post-rock’ and ‘prog’. All of these labels are loosely correct – their music has no vocals and doesn’t follow standard song structures, but, to me, it is so much more. I love the sheer monumental scale of it, the layering, the moods, filled with waves, with ebb and flow – it is ‘ocean rock’. These tracks are tidal.

Future Wife has some passages that are reminiscent of Brian Eno’s ambient work – particularly the second half of ‘Before And After Science’. The synths, guitars, bass and drums are complimented by violins, to create a wide, glassy, gently flowing river of sound. Spikes of feedback and distortion are driftwood, reaching out like hands from the depths beneath. Twenty six and a half minutes of sonic majesty.

Gorgeous One is propelled by drum brushes, guitar rhythms and deep bass swells. The synths add a cool retro feel – suggesting the instrumental side of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ album. The staccato guitar work builds with weeping keys, reaching the crest of a gigantic wave, before rolling out to quiet stillness again. The long, moaning violin and lone medieval drum beat are hypnotic, balanced by short, echoing piano stabs and the occasional, percussive sound of a violin bow tapping the strings.

Terapija

Everything is great, overwhelming and complete. Indeed, everything points to the fact that post-rock veterans from Serbia, Ana Never band is currently in the climax of their creation.

Just like on their first album, but here are a lot more powerful, these Suboticians layer by layer build orgy tonal trifle grandiose and emotional discharge. In all four compositions Ana Never transport their sound filled with strong feelings. All are invited. No matter what you like long instrumental pieces or not. These are the sort of symphony, whose basis is a harmonious play two guitars, bass, drums and keyboards that is not in the eye countless times proclaimed the death of the genre, but also the darkness of this world. "Small Years" from start to finish infused with the indomitable positive, which is also reflected among other things, with the names of compositions, "Future Wife", "Half Way", "Georgeus One" and "To Live For." These guys have obviously found what something is worth for living, to rejoice and cry, so it also passed on his new album. Epic, monolithic, silent and hidden world in free fall, and momentum to new heights - Over twenty minutes long compositions such as introductory "Future Wife" and the final "To Live For." These Suboticians not care much for the time and have no fear that it might have turned out boring, but all add up safe and sound mosaics in which and everything is in its place.

Echoes And Dust

It’s been a good year for post rock with luminaries MONO and Godspeed re-entering the fray, complemented by strong work from lesser know lights like Whale Fall, Rumour Cubes and sleepmakeswaves but let me tell you ladies and gentlemen, ‘Small Years’ is up there with the best of them. Staying true to the genre, the record is made up of just four tracks, of which two weigh in at nearly half an hour a piece and these top and tail the album magnificently. Many post rock bands make overlong tracks because they feel they have to, because that’s the template, Ana Never do it because that’s how long it takes them to say what they have to say. At no point in these monster epics, and this is especially true of the phenomenal closer ‘To Live For’, does one find one’s attention wandering. In fact, you barely notice the length of the tracks, such is the enthralling nature of the music.

Stinkweeds "Best of 2012" Book / Jesse Srogoncik

Formulaic though it may be, instrumental post-rock still has the ability to create moments of transcendental bliss at the proper volume. This sophomore effort from Ana Never stands as one of the finest post-rock recordings of this or any other year. Truly magnificent: the elongated, creeping crescendo of Godspeed You Black Emperor, the melancholy of Japan's Mono, and Mogwai's gale force, hammer of the gods. There is an undeniable stasis befitting their Serbian origins; like Thomas Koner or Stars Of The Lid, a tectonic shift that seems capable of bending time. You'll want your clock set to Daylight Savings Time and a stereo that goes to eleven.

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Release Date: November 02, 2012
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30 Aug 2017

Ana Never – Ana Never

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Track List

1 - Streetlights (24:50)
2 - A Diary Of A Morphinist (17:53)
3 - 30 Seconds Of My Past Life (8:03)

Ana Never - Ana Never

Ana Never is a post-rock band from Subotica (Serbia) which 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. Mogwai, GY!BE, Silver Mt. Zion, Set fire To Flames, Labradford are some of the many bands inspired them.

The EP contains 3 long tracks (the opening one is 24 minutes and 50 seconds). The songs are not new, they are the tracks the band is playing in their live shows since 2005. The band members say “The music is about detaching and healing everyday life of lost generations from post war transitional and turbulent Serbia when the songs were written. The music that is driven with some living urge, unpretentious strong will and idea to do something sane and affirmative and first of all to try to found the source of it inside of us.”

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CALEIDOSCOOP / Jan Willem Broek

After Portugal, Russia, and England, the sublime label Fluttery arrived in Serbia. Hardly recovered from previous releases, the next trip starts already. Since 2002, the three gentlemen Srdjan Terzin (guitar), Dejan Topic (guitar) and Goran Grubisic (drums) form the group Ana Never, and since then Ivana Primorac (bass) and third guitar player Ivan Ckonjevic joined. Like two previous label mates, they now have released a self titled EP. The label EP is as in case of the related Godspeed You! Black Emperor debatable, because the 3 tracks together last almost 51 minutes. Anyway, the three gentlemen create quite an impressive and epic sound. Like the aforementioned band, they calmly build up their soundscapes in which they put their shared fears born from post-war Serbia, emotions, and ideas, in an intimate and very melancholic way to music. An astoundingly emotional and breathtaking trip.

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The album opens with more than 24-minute long Streetlights, which fully justified might give the impression that musicians from Serbia re-created the products of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Listen yourself.

BABYBLAUE / Siggy Zielinski

Music as a chronicle of a difficult life. Members of Serb Ana Never live in a town called Subotica and understand their language provided with scattered scraps of moody post-rock as a mirror of their soul, as a way to process their miserable fate. "Street Lights" could be understood as a diary page, whose moods travel among depression, hope and happiness. The arrangements for electric guitars, bass and drums are out of spartan, but can Ana Never create atmospheric soundscapes, post-rock with a suggestive psychedelic list.

ALTSOUNDS

If instrumental bands are your thing, then prepare yourself for the next few paragraphs. Today, I bring you Ana Never a band who comes from Serbia, and brings with them a mix of tunes that are quite interesting to listen to, and can also make you wonder, “What the heck?” Personally, this music makes me feel like I’m on a voyage through space. When I close my eyes and listen to “The Diary of a Morphinist” I can picture myself in a rocket ship soaring through the atmosphere. This is awesome if you’re trying to take an imaginative journey through space, but for everyday listeners it can be a bit too much.

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Release Date:  February 25, 2011
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