11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brothers Joseph and Sebastian Keefe perfect their sun-drenched harmonies and expansive instrumentation on this second album, and the result is shimmering, golden, and quietly cinematic. These are songs that break your heart in ways you’ll not only welcome but actively seek out, from “Hero” to “Hey Ma.” And if it makes you think of the West Coast jangle-pop that started with The Byrds and extends through to Beachwood Sparks, The Shins, and Fleet Foxes, well, that’s just fine by them.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brothers Joseph and Sebastian Keefe perfect their sun-drenched harmonies and expansive instrumentation on this second album, and the result is shimmering, golden, and quietly cinematic. These are songs that break your heart in ways you’ll not only welcome but actively seek out, from “Hero” to “Hey Ma.” And if it makes you think of the West Coast jangle-pop that started with The Byrds and extends through to Beachwood Sparks, The Shins, and Fleet Foxes, well, that’s just fine by them.

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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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