You’ve heard “Everyone Is Guilty,” the opener from the retooled, tighter, and relocated Akron/Family’s forthcoming fourth full-length Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free. It began with spare junkyard percussion then entered into backwoods funk and various vocal strains, highlighting the trio’s harmonic interplay as soaring shouts, mellower off-handed melodies, etc. It’s in every way an anthem. On the album (and in our post queue) it’s followed by “River,” which opens with shakers and a vocal line that sounds like Paul Simon for a moment before ushering in a softer, pastoral, whistle, guitar, and horn-lined taste of what is, at least to these two ears, the guys’ best collection to date. Each track finds them operating on all burners without succumbing to sloppiness, as they have sometimes in the past.
Akron Family – “River” (MP3)
Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free is out 5/5 on Dead Oceans.
[Photo by Sebastian Mlynarski]