Love is Simple | Reviewexplores the wonders of being and nothingness, love and spirituality Lord knows what puts Akron/Family into their howlingly orgasmic, spiritual, globe-spinning musical state. But whatever they're having, gimme the same.
Sitting down on the job, barechested, like they're leading the tented assemblage at a hot summer night's revival meeting, this foursome (two from Williamsport, Pa.) explores the wonders of being and nothingness, love and spirituality.
At turns (and sometimes simultaneously) scoring the testimony are the most organically folky, techy and skronky electric rock styles. Neil Young's guitar technique is clearly an influence. So, too, is the hippy/trippy psychedelic folk movement (as old as the Incredible String Band, as new as Devendra Banhart), the symph-pop collisions of Van Dyke Parks, the modern mantra epiphanies of Polyphonic Spree and the whole pilgrimage-to-India trip (dig the tablas) that so many rockers took.
The Akrons' new album, "Life Is Simple," spins through these cycles with such speed and precision, you gotta wonder how they could possibly pull it all off live. But miracles, we pray, are made of this. With Greg Davis and Megafaun.