A fearless experimental pop band from Portland, Oregon, Aan mixes richly textured guitars and acerbic lyrics with sugary three-part harmonies and sprawling soundscapes. What began as a bedroom pop project of freak-folk balladry has become a full- fledged four-piece force to be reckoned with.
Amor Ad Nauseum, their debut LP, was recorded over two years in various studios and a cabin on the Oregon coast. Though the locations vary, a thick sonic thread runs track to track through the release's nine songs. More confident than most debut albums and more urgent than albums from most of Aan’s peers, Amor Ad Nauseum is a sticky, lush labor of love and lust.
Aan has honed an incomparable live show through relentless touring (this year with such legends as the Smashing Pumpkins and Built to Spill) and performing at SXSW, Noise Pop, MusicFestNW, and countless dates across the United States.
"The premiere parade for new bands continues as we release the title song Somewhere’s Sunshine from Aan’s upcoming, unreleased 7” of the same name. Both this experimental-pop band and avant-garde track are the brain-child of Portland, Oregon, singer-songwriter Bud Wilson. With a fat-bottomed bass anchoring noodling synths, strummy melodies and sing-song-y vocals yowling in the upper reaches of Antony Hegarty and Jeff Buckley territory, Aan’s Somewhere’s Sunshine feels more like a meandering, Warholian film-short than a pop song. Just when you think it might break into a full-blown disco funk like the Scissor Sisters’ Laura or Queen’s Another One Bites The Dust, Aan instead takes it down a notch; into sparse, vulnerable soundscapes. It’s weird, it’s sexy, and a wry bite of freak-folk at it’s finest. Wilson started out as bedroom project in 2006 as Amor Ad Nauseum, before adding some members, shortening the band name, and heading into the studio to record his 2010 EP I Could Be Girl For You on Infinite Front Records in 2010. Now in the throws of a hectic 2011, he’s busy writing, recording and performing, including an east coast tour and the release of two 7”’s leading up to the band’s debut LP slated for later this year." / My Old Kentucky Blog
"Although Amor Ad Nauseum has been around in one form or another since 2006, what once was Bud Wilson’s bedroom project got its bearings in 2008, when the Portland-via-Eugene, Oregon songwriter added two more musicians to his band. With accompaniment, Wilson’s brainchild manifested into multi-faceted instrumentation drenched in reverb, uniting folk guitar plucking and warbling vocals with synthetic bursts of sound. Aan’s latest 7? (that was released yesterday!), Somewhere’s Sunshine, gives its listeners both sides of the trio’s sound, starting with the digressive, pop-turned-ambient A-side, “Haunted, Million Ways,” and ending with the funky, soulful title track as its B-side. You can purchase a physical or digital copy of the EP here." / Newdust