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As with some of their Hardly Art label mates (Pica Beats, the Dutchess & the Duke), there is a sort of otherworldliness to Le Loup’s music, and Family — the band’s sophomore outing — also carries the pleasant whiff of maturity and sureness. Trading in synth programming for a solid five-piece ensemble rich with five throats and real instruments, the songs here glisten with layer upon layer of light-as-air vocals, the organic sounds of banjo, guitar and piano (only occasionally toyed with electronically), and a plethora of percussion. Some tracks have a playful tribal vibe (“Forgive Me,” “Family”), some are spiritual and churchly (“Saddle Mountain,”  “Go East”), and others have a coolly sophisticated feel (hints of jazz permeate “Beach Town,” while “Grow” has a faint exotica flavor). Where Le Loup’s debut, The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly, hinted at majestic possibility but was far more intimate and restrained (it was mostly a solo project by Le Loup founder Sam Simkoff, whose reverb'd voice often conjures Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold), Family takes the soul of Le Loup’s music to loftier heights.

Customer Reviews

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Le Loup has out done themselves with Family. There will be obvious comparisons to other indie "freak" folk artists but surpass many of their contemporaries with their textured and well-crafted songs. This album is a must!

won't stop listening

i want more of this music .

Shocklingly, potential album of the year....

i was thoroughly entertained by their last album......but there is nothing out of place through out this album. very very good. yes it draws strongly from 'merriweather post pavilion'.....but if you miss when animal collective played instruments. let this play through a few times.


Formed: 2006 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Vocalist/banjoist Sam Simkoff leads the indie rock collective Le Loup, whose six members combine varied instruments and full-band harmonies to create an orchestrated, experimental sound. Simkoff spent the latter half of 2006 indoors, using his home computer to record the music that would soon constitute Le Loup's debut album. Featuring hypnotic loops, banjo riffs, and lyrics inspired by Dante's Inferno, the songs attracted the attention of several other Washington, D.C., residents. By January, Simkoff...
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