Music » CD Reviews

CD Review: Akron/Family

Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free (Dead Oceans)

comment

Freak-folk campfire shenanigans. There — it's out of the way. Now let's move on, because Akron/Family are so much more than the Devendra Banhart-meets-Animal Collective comparisons they often get. This band is just as capable of making Beach Boys bungalow rock as country-fried stoner jams and textured indie spasms. Set 'Em Wild, Set' Em Free lives up to its name — there's no restraint here. Akron/Family plow head on into the disparate aesthetic that has made them critical darlings. "Everyone Is Guilty" is the unlikely offspring of !!! and Wilco, a funky disco-folk romp with a proggy breakdown and sun-saturated harmonies. "Creatures" features a programmed beat and some spotty doses of noise and soul. Then, for those looking for something a bit more traditional, there's the beautiful and pure Americana of "The Alps & Their Orange Evergreen" and "Set 'Em Free." But the chaotic outbursts, screaming guitar solos and abrupt detours are here too, on noise-infested songs like "Gravelly Mountains on the Moon" and "MBF." — Whelihan

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.