- Audio CD (23 July 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Nettwerk Records
- ASIN: B0089AGRC8
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Family of the Year's unique brand of West Coast Indie arrives with new album, Loma Vista. Lead single The Stairs received fantastic reception from radio, being A-listed at BBC 6 Music, Evening playlisted at XFM, along with support on both BBC Radio 1 from Huw Stephens and BBC Radio 2 from Jo Whiley. This will be followed by the second single taken from the album 'Diversity' also released July 23, which has been Evening playlisted at XFM. Loma Vista takes its title from the street where Family of the YearJoe Keefe (vocals, guitar), Sebastian Keefe (drums, vocals), James Buckey (guitar, vocals), and Christina Schroeter (keyboards, vocals) lived together whilst recording the album. It can be said that most touring bands live together as a family, though this quartet took it to the next level; not just with their moniker. It doesn't hurt that front man Joe Keefe and drummer Sebastian Keefe are real-life siblings. This camaraderie shines with many songs featuring joyful melodies. The members of the Los Angeles outfit have been on tour with the likes of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Mumford & Sons, Gomez, Antlers, and Ben Folds. With a sound that invokes lazy sun drenched days, Family of the Year's Loma Vista will be the Indie soundtrack to the summer.
Family of the Year aren’t anything to do with an arbitrary award shoved at a celebrity to congratulate them for raising a child or two, but are in fact a Los Angeles-based quartet comprising Welsh-born brothers Joe and Sebastian Keefe (guitar and drums respectively), James Buckey (guitar) and Christina Schroeter (keyboards). They lived in a one-bedroom apartment during this second album’s recording, which takes its title from the street they made it on.
Having toured with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, you’ll be unsurprised to hear that they deal in indie-pop songs with folk tinges, commenting on the love of life and family over west coast vibes and campfire harmonies. Think of a slightly more cosmic Magic Numbers or a looser Mumfords and you’re halfway there.
St Croix is possibly the best summation of the Family’s ethos, with bongos a-bonging in a courgette soup commune kind of way. Cheery and optimistic, yet yearning, if they claimed that they’d recorded the track in one take you wouldn’t be too surprised.
The single Diversity – which has a sort-of-NSFW video where the band’s clothes are literally pulled off them – is a gleeful empowerment stomp. Buried is the sort of hands-clapping composition that could accompany an advertising campaign for user-friendly technology, or a range of organic fruit, with its refrain of “bury me with my guitar”.
Elsewhere, Hero is a sunlit mellow strum held aloft by a large sing-along section about equal opportunity fighting. On closer Find It, one can imagine them surrounded by a choir of fellow travellers with great hair bellowing the big chorus from atop a cliff.
Loma Vista is a fine album of songs of love, longing and celebration that would sound at its best when cruising along a B road in a soft-top, or stumbled across while wandering around a free festival while a bit tipsy. It’s the sort of album that may well become a slow-burn word-of-mouth affair as FOTY’s reputation spreads.
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Top Customer Reviews
Quite few of the songs are so catchy,you may well be hearing them on an advert near you sometime soon. Maybe this is all too summery for us Brits, who have had a summer to forget in terms of weather. St. Croix would have been a radio anthem if we had a bit of sunshine to celebrate.
I'll look forward to future releases from these guys and judging from their session today on 6music, they are a pretty tight live band. Watch this space.
Ten out of ten.
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