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05 Oct 18
We haven't seen much of Matthew Houck since 2013's Muchacho LP, an album which seemed to thrust him further into the mainstream (or at least the fringes of the mid-sized venue circuit). With C’est La Vie, Houck seems to be exploring deeper and deeper into the pop and country territory that has characterised his last couple of releases, but these are book-ended by two tracks which hark right back to his humble beginnings in "Black Moon / Silver Waves" and "Black Waves / Silver Moon". Even the names of the songs seem comfortingly familiar (see early favourites like "My Dove, My Lamb").
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29 Apr 13
OK, i’m going to make this short (and then Long): If you already love Akron Family (and there are a few of you) – BUY THIS ALBUM, IT’s BRILLIANT. If you don’t know what Akron Family is (and there are many of you) – BUY THIS ALBUM TODAY, THEN BUY THEIR 5 PREVIOUS ALBUMS TOMORROW.  NEXT WEEK, HUNT DOWN AND BUY THEIR 9 ALBUMS OF COLLABORATIONS AND LIMITED RELEASES. SUB VERSES, Akron Family’s 6th Studio album arrives with no sign of the mystery-box hoo-ha* that preceded 2011’s ‘...SHINJU TNT’.
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20 Aug 12
“Good things come to those who wait” or so says the phrase which extols the virtues of patience. Bill Fay’s career (if it can be called as such) certainly subscribes to this with the former fruit picker/gardener/factory cleaner releasing his first studio album in 40 years, a period of time that would make even Axl Rose blanch with embarrassment. However, Fay’s journey is one that deserves respect and his return to the limelight (as it were) is something that must be both admired and celebrated.
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11 Jun 12
Its quite hard to write about Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) without mentioning Bob Dylan, and for this reason I won’t be attempting it. Matsson does sound an awful lot like early Bob Dylan, mainly vocally, the backing is more akin to Nick Drake. The key to making this work is taking these blatant influences and writing some decent songs, something which the Swedish singer (I was surprised to find this out too) does with varying degrees of success.
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14 Mar 11
Despite their hippy ethos and moments of feedback-freak-out Akron/Family seem to be steadily shifting to the fringes of the mainstream since the release of 2007’s Love Is Simple and the departure of founding member Ryan Vanderhoof. Whilst some may argue that the band have lost a certain edge in the interim, it could also be said that their recorded output is a heck of a lot more accessible.