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Family (Hardly Art)

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Le Loup’s 2007 album The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly (yes, that really is the title) was one of the most criminally underappreciated albums of 2007. Now Le Loup is back with Family, out this past Tuesday on Hardly Art, and they have crafted another gem.

Incorporating traditional melodies, multi-part harmonies, a little bit of banjo, and a lot of awesomeness, Sam Simkoff and friends have created the perfect sophomore album: different enough to not be redundant but not so different as to disgust superfans such as myself.

The album opens with the soft drum and banjo fanfare of “Saddle Mountain” and seamlessly flows through several brilliant but unassuming songs before reaching its climax in “Neahkahnie” — a joyful, raucous banjo, guitar, and dusty church basement piano number. 

Don’t let Family suffer the fate of its younger brother; this album definitely deserves your love and attention.

Kayla Morrison is the Alternative Music Director at KUPS 90.1 FM in Tacoma.

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