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    Akron/Family – “Sub Verses” – [Dead Oceans]

    Listening to this double vinyl triggered me to return to their
    old spirited split with M. Gira’s Angels of Light. I fondly
    remember that album shimmering with freedom and bursting with
    choruses of voices that felt like they were tapped from the
    local pub after a stunning soccer match. Add an air of hippy
    trippy patchouli. The voices are still here years down the
    road, although the band has dwindled to three members :
    Dana Janssen, Seth Olinsky, and Miles Seaton; at least all of
    ’em sing. And even though they are no longer on Gira’s Young
    God label, he’s still in their corner. And with good cause,
    the hippy flair has wafted a bit away, and there’s a mild hint
    of Animal Colective pop, (check “Way Up”) with percolating
    synths and sweetened sounds but there’s still plenty of tribal
    percussion (“Holy Boredom” kicks like a lost Swans’ song) and
    bombastic guitar(“Sand Time”). As before, the more people
    singing, and the more abandon they are singing with, the better.
    If anything, I’d ask for more teeming behind the mic, and maybe
    less scheming in the booth. Randall Dunn, a sainted Master Musician
    of Bukkake, produced this, although rare are the ragged moments.
    There’s even a red velvet rope moment on “Until the Morning” But
    with Dunn on board as a bonus A/F gets Eyvind Kang for string
    charts, most notably heard as the uncoiling snake in the stomach
    during “Sometimes I”, that song would change insanely without Kang’s
    violins. Other pals helping out include Sunn O’s O’Malley doing the
    artwork and Skerik trapped on a sax slowdance in the reverb meat
    freezer for “When I Was Young.” Of note, the final song (offered as
    a slow soulful croon) takes the lyrics from a poem by former U.S.
    Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. See what you think.

    Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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