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|1. Everyone is Guilty|
|4. The Alps & Their Orange Evergreen|
|5. Set 'Em Free|
|6. Gravelly Mountains of the Moon|
|7. Many Ghosts|
|9. They Will Appear|
|10. Sun Will Shine (Warmth of the Sunship Version)|
|11. Last Year|
Set 'Em Wild... is set to be one of the year's landmark releases and, as its cover suggests, sees the band effect their own entirely unique and inclusive vision of a United States of Music. From the impossibly slinky ethno-funk groove that kicks off first track Everyone Is Guilty onwards, it's clear that this band adopts a wonderfully lateral approach to guitar-based rock music. Aside from the band's signature close harmony vocal hooks, the Akron/Family musical vocabulary packs in Fela-like rhythmic momentum, heady Funkadelic guitar chops, intricate Ali Farka Toure chord tapestries, skittering, almost Timbaland-esque electronic percussion, frenzied gusts of Albert Ayler brass... and all are laced with warm, infectious folk-pop melodies.
Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free is the band's first recording since parting ways with ex-Swans Michael Gira's label, Young God Records. They recorded two albums for Young God as well as recording and touring USA and Europe backing Gira as part of his Angels of Light project.
Personnel: Seth Olinsky (guitar, vocals), Miles Seaton (bass, vocals), Dana Janssen (drums, vocals)
The American band are serial collaborators, with kindred psychedelic spirits Angels Of Light, post-rock group Do Make Say Think and jazz drummer Hamid Drake some of the names they've worked with since forming in New York in 2002. Yet despite their third album being the product of Akron/Family's most skeletal crew yet - Ryan Vanderhoof's departure in 2007 leaving them as the multi-instrumental trio of Dana Janssen, Seth Olinsky and Miles Seaton - it actually sounds like everyone they've ever met is also along for the ride here. Not to mention The Grateful Dead, John Coltrane, Fleet Foxes and a hundred forgotten 1960s folk and rock groups they found in second hand record shops in Brooklyn.
Opening track Everyone Is Guilty alone contains Afro-tinged percussion, choral vocals, gnarled blues riffs and strings, and that barely scratches the surface of Akron/Family's mine of inspiration. Sun Will Shine begins as a Spiritualized-style gospel rock mantra before ending in a brass band coda that sounds like an outtake from Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Gravelly Mountains Of The Moon is half folk as hippy as its title and half heavy metal freak out, while MBF sees them launching headlong into a free jazz overdrive of screams and tortured guitars.
There might be little discernible method in Akron/Family's madness but there are usually melodies however; beautiful tunes which breathe easiest in the simpler tracks like Americana ballad Set 'Em Free Pt. 1 or the subdued piano of the closing Last Year. Yet whether Akron/Family choose to scream or sigh, Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free is music made with imagination really let off the leash. Long may they roam untamed. --Paul Clarke
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