I actually met San Francisco’s ANIMAL HOURS through Static People, but besides sharing a hometown, these two bands could not be more different. I’d describe this one as Americana-inflected dream pop, with songs so catchy you’ll be SURE you’ve heard them before and then you’ll never be able to forget them. Check out this video for one of my favorite tracks, “Yellow Roses”, to see what I mean. This album tied for #20 Most Added on 10/14, and it’s poised to take off from there!!
Animal Hours makes dreamy indie-pop songs draped in lush harmonies, wrapped in a blanket of Americana. A collective of San Francisco Bay Area writers and artists, Animal Hours is the conception of singer-songwriter Orion Letizi with collaborators Heather Anderson (Blue Rabbit), Adrianne Serna and Paul Goldowitz.
Produced by Grammy-winning, multi-platinum producer Jason Carmer (Kimya Dawson, Third Eye Blind, Run DMC), Animal Hours’ debut album Do Over is a collection of nine songs about losing everything we were to find exactly what we need. It explores the American melancholy found in back seat ballads, hotel bars and Sunday mornings. The album also features guest performances by legendary pedal steel player Greg Leisz, Arion Salazar (bassist for Third Eye Blind), founding Camper Van Beethoven member Victor Krummenacher, Brooklyn piano virtuoso Dane Terry, singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet and noted San Francisco string and horn ensemble, the Magik*Magik Orchestra (best known for their work with John Vanderslice).
Songs by Animal Hours writers have been showcased in numerous film, television and commercial spots, including MTV’s Jackass, the ABC Family show Jane By Design, national campaigns for IKEA, Kellog’s and more.
Nicholas Schneider of influential San Francisco Bay Area blog The Bay Bridged calls Do Over “darkly enticing pop music with hints of folk and Americana skirting around the edges… [Music] you listen to with the lights off, just you and the contemplative melody, wholly embracing that sadly-sweet darkness and letting the music lead you through it.”
RIYL: Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Wilco, The Band
Start With: 2, 8, 1, 3 FCC CLEAN
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