At the core of every contented family is a sense of balance, an emotional push-and-pull that helps stabilize the entire unit. A similar equilibrium anchors Le Loup's second album, Family. Recorded in a remote cabin and a Maryland basement, the record finds the middle ground between tribal rock, freak folk, and sonic experimentation. Like most families, Le Loup has grown since its inception. What began as the bedroom project of Sam Simkoff is now a full-sized band, with all five members contributing vocals and songwriting credits. The band's music - originally a blend of keyboard loops, banjo, and computer wizardry - has grown as well, encompassing everything from shape note harmonies to polyphonic percussion. Simkoff and band-mate Christian Ervin produced Family themselves, having previously worked together on the band's debut, The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millennium General Assembly (2007). Unlike that first album, Family doesn't rely on synthesizers or electronic support. Instead, the musicians took a more elemental approach, capturing the organic sounds of their instruments before treating them with various effects.
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