Just as it looks like the world might suffer from a lethal dose of boredom and angst, the Akron/Family swoop in and deliver their second album thereby making us all a little luckier. It's hard to believe that this really is only the band's second full length album. Between the release of their debut in '05 the band have unleashed two great EP's including a split with Michael Gira and a tour only album, toured and recorded twice as Gira's backing band and Seth Olinsky released three discs worth of demo's. Yet the band sound as vibrant as ever on Love Is Simple, expounding on their ability to fuse hopeful 'love is the answer' aesthetics with inspired fiery guitar work and a knack for rhythmic and harmonic nuances that seem more intuitive than learned. The album swings from languid vocalizations to throbbing rhythms to free jams that would make a deadhead blush usually within the same song. Here's hoping that the band continue to follow absolutely no-one's lead and release music that speaks to their whims. Here's hoping they don't wait two years after its release to put this one on vinyl (*ahem* hint hint, Michael Gira I'm looking in your direction).
[MP3] Akron/Family -I've Got Some Friends
[MP3] Akron/Family -Ed Is A Portal