Angels of Light & Akron/Family | Review

East Bay Express | Mark Keresman

November 05 With his new angelic crew, Michael Gira aims for a considerably less harsh, far more melodic approach than his last band Swans, sometimes accompanied on this split LP by Brooklyn's multi-instrumental Akron/Family. Gira still weaves disturbing scenarios, but you get the feeling he's trying to exorcize his demons, rather than lounge with them in hell. A/F's half finds the Brooklyn crew in out-there eclectic mode, adapting and combining styles to suit their twisted whims/songs -- imagine King Crimson, Butthole Surfers, and the Band passing the bong around during an outdoor party. Pretty/scary stuff. (Young God)