Le Loup – Family

This is a country moods easy listening album; albeit one made by people who have sat in a barn dropping acid

 

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Now this is worth a listen, even if it is very much an LP whose style is “of the moment”. A beautiful, devout vibe informs all the song-writing and arrangements and contemporary acts such as Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear are not far from the listener’s mind, especially when tracks like are aired. Still, this point shouldn’t be something that puts you off. Au contraire.

 

Things take time to settle down; Beach Town is a wee bit abstract, not fully engaging with us, despite its restless, percussive vibe. There’s a show tune quality to the LP; something that Brian Wilson used to exploit too… the rural clippety-cloppings on A Celebration, Grow and Morning Song walk a fine line between Oklahoma! and Pet Sounds.

 

The devotional (and psychedelic) side gets much more pronounced as the LP develops; Family starts off like a Gong-style meditation but gathers pace (and morphs into the following number, Forgive Me) to become a magnificent, warped camp-fire track high off reverb and echoing vocals. I presume there were a lot of communal gatherings in the making of this LP, as you do feel a fair bit of it was recorded off the cuff. Elsewhere the pastoral weirdness gathers apace. This is a country moods easy listening album; albeit one made by people who have sat in a barn dropping acid – use Go East and the jaunty clap-along of Sherpa as proof of this, (if you will).

 

To sum up? Well, if I’m allowed to be flippant, I’d say it is akin to a lovely, bittersweet stumble through a meadow: albeit with lashings of LSD and wholegrain.