11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It'd be far from accurate to credit Beachwood Sparks for inventing the harmony-laden West Coast sound that was actually born somewhere between The Beach Boys and The Byrds. But ever since the Sparks first infused those bygone Golden State tones with contemporary indie rock back in the mid-'90s, many groups—from The Thrills to Fleet Foxes—have followed to create a subgenre. The sophomore set from the L.A. band Family of the Year fits comfortably in this pocket. With jangly guitars, sunny melodies, lyrical references to Joshua Tree, and sibling-sung vocal harmonies, “The Stairs” opens 2012’s Loma Vista like a magical hybrid of The Shins and The Mamas & the Papas. A romantic swagger in the vocal performance of brothers Joseph and Sebastian Keefe gives the following “Diversity” a Bob Welch–era Fleetwood Mac feel. “St. Croix” shows more originality as the brothers Keefe give those sun-soaked harmonies some gospel flavor. “Hero” strips down the band's sound to a “Landslide”-style acoustic guitar ballad that features Joseph Keefe singing his most intimate lyrics. “Find It” closes with similarly refined beauty.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It'd be far from accurate to credit Beachwood Sparks for inventing the harmony-laden West Coast sound that was actually born somewhere between The Beach Boys and The Byrds. But ever since the Sparks first infused those bygone Golden State tones with contemporary indie rock back in the mid-'90s, many groups—from The Thrills to Fleet Foxes—have followed to create a subgenre. The sophomore set from the L.A. band Family of the Year fits comfortably in this pocket. With jangly guitars, sunny melodies, lyrical references to Joshua Tree, and sibling-sung vocal harmonies, “The Stairs” opens 2012’s Loma Vista like a magical hybrid of The Shins and The Mamas & the Papas. A romantic swagger in the vocal performance of brothers Joseph and Sebastian Keefe gives the following “Diversity” a Bob Welch–era Fleetwood Mac feel. “St. Croix” shows more originality as the brothers Keefe give those sun-soaked harmonies some gospel flavor. “Hero” strips down the band's sound to a “Landslide”-style acoustic guitar ballad that features Joseph Keefe singing his most intimate lyrics. “Find It” closes with similarly refined beauty.

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About Family of the Year

Sunny Los Angeles-based indie pop outfit Family of the Year formed in 2009 around the talents of Welsh brothers Joseph and Sebastian Keefe, Florida native James Buckey, and Orange County, California denizen Christina Schroeter. Employing a heady mix of Beach Boys-inspired male/female harmonies and a penchant for cleverly arranged, folk-influenced pop confections in the vein of Mates of State, Phoenix, Essex Green, and Local Natives, the band released its debut EP, Where's the Sun, in September 2009 on its own Washashore imprint, followed by the full-length Our Songbook later that year. The Through the Trees EP arrived in 2010, followed by another EP, St. Croix, in 2011. In 2012, Family of the Year returned with their sophomore album, Loma Vista, featuring the single "Hero," which featured prominently in director Richard Linklater's ambitious 2014 film Boyhood, and became an international hit. The following year saw the release of the group's eponymous third album. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • FORMED
    2009

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