Sub Verses (LP)


Akron/Family

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Amoeba Review

04/29/2013

Although Akron/Family releases bounce from sound to sound underneath one big psych-rock umbrella, listening to them never feels like a chore, thanks to the trio’s boundless energy and oft-unheralded dedication to cohesion and hookiness beneath the din. Thus they continue on their sixth release, Sub Verses, which continues to tear folk to tatters and string it though a gauntlet of influences. The band looks to Africa for influence on the Mali-style guitar work that is laced over explosive opener “No-Room” and African-inspired vocal exercises that pour over the melodic indie pop of “Way Up.” Their experimentation never feels like pandering, though, and they have a way of making it all seem warm and inviting, particularly on songs like wake-up electro-folk ballad “Until the Morning.” Even their more out-there tracks, like “Sometimes I,” which has the feel of an indie musical, with eerie strings underpinning a solo vocal performance, Akron/Family’s concoction of sound is strangely alluring and humanistic. When the singer says “sometimes I, I walk alone … looking something, looking for,” it doesn’t quite make sense yet feels innately familiar, conveying vague, lonely dread more clearly than would a direct sentiment or less static arrangement. Indeed, Sub Verses might be Akron/Family’s most moving musical statement to date.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
No-Room
Akron/Family 06:43
2.
Way Up
Akron/Family 05:12


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Until The Morning
Akron/Family 05:00
2.
Sand Talk
Akron/Family 04:32
3.
Sometimes
Akron/Family 04:55


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Holy Boredom
Akron/Family 04:09
2.
Sand Time
Akron/Family 03:10
3.
Whole World Is Watching
Akron/Family 05:21


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
When I Was Young
Akron/Family 06:05
2.
Samurai
Akron/Family 05:15

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