Akron/Family | ReviewRich, complex, subtle, and manic Oct 3, 2006
Meek Warrior CD [Young God]
Mistakenly lumped into the freak folk scene due to their association with Devendra Banhart via Young God Records, Akron/Family released three of the most stunning records of 2005 that had nothing to do with Banhart's merry neo-hippie collective. While not only creating their unique genre defying music that is equally explosive as it is quiet they also revitalized former Swans front man Michael Gira through a couple of Angels of Light collaborations. In the midst of their prolific output Akron/Family managed to mount an ongoing tour that also included opening for and backing Gira on several US and European dates. Not bad for four Brooklynites who are barely into their mid-twenties. This is a band that never remains idle. Similar to Animal Collective, a live show is not so much a reflection on the current release but rather an exploration of what's to come. This constant need to move forward as well as expand boundaries is what drives Akron/Family to produce beyond the scope of most. An immediate listen to Meek Warrior seems to suggest that the band has fallen victim to its self-imposed hectic schedule and perhaps stretched itself a bit thin. Not true. They have built and created complexities that can't be uncovered or understood with just a couple of spins. This makes for a solid, albeit brief (35 minutes), release that continues to expand with each listen. Rich, complex, subtle, and manic, Meek Warrior is a free form experiment that hits in all the right places.