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Akron/Family
Akron/Family
Young God Records
www.younggodrecords.com


Akron/Family is the next evolution of bands on M. Gira's Young God Records. Trading in the moody and sometimes challenging music of The Swans and Angels Of Light for a more ambient and folky vibe, Akron/Family creates music by which to dream, but not necessarily to inspire nightmares. Incorporating a definite indie sensibility, the songs are musically sparse, yet sonically beautiful and vibrant, belying their seemingly simple approach to composition. There is a plethora of ambiance included amongst these songs, everything from playground noises to the simple hum of power lines. Found sounds sit on equal terms with traditional instruments, a method that creates music that is involving and fascinating while being enjoyable to listen to. "I'll Be On The Water" is a prime example of the duplicitous nature of Akron/Family's music. The actual tune is lovely, a divine melody carrying brilliant lyrics along with it, all underscored by breaks into the sound of seagulls above the ocean. All of this is broken up spontaneously at times with meandering stutters of synthesis that enhance the gentle mood of the song rather than creating unbearable tension. Instrumentation on the record is not limited, but rather another seemingly endless train - incorporating banjos, guitars, strings, and other unknown sources amongst the panoply of sounds and noises.

Perhaps if Nick Drake had been a bit more relaxed and a bit less haunted by ghosts unknown, and alive in a technological age like ours, I think he would have produced music of this same serene splendor. Akron/Family makes music that creates landscapes more in the vein of Tim Burton nightmares rather than those of the rakish gore of Wes Craven. And I can stand behind that. 100%.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Before And Again
2. Suchness
3. Part Of Corey
4. Italy
5. I'll Be On The Water
6. Running, Returning
7. Afford
8. Interlude: Ak Ak Was The Boat They Sailed In On
9. Sorrow Boy
10. Shoes
11. Lumen
12. How Do I Know
13. Franny/You're Human


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