Los Angeles quartet Family Of The Year has broken into a wider audience with the well-received sophomore effort Loma Vista on Nettwerk Records. The album differs from the 2009 debut Songbook –they have chiseled away particular styles not entirely benefitting their collective sound, and made a consistent album from start to finish. The album is laden with lush, sunny harmonies, and pairs well with the salty summer ocean air, driving with the top down, or late nights with friends hanging out.
The infectious track “Hero” starts with tender finger picking and a lone vocal. It soon swells into anthemic territory with an indelible choir-like melody and driving rhythm courtesy of brothers Joe and Sebastian Keefe, Christina Schroeter, and Jamsey Buckey. The song, just over three minutes, deals with the perils of a relationship where emotional reciprocation may be at risk and asks simply to “Let me go, I don’t want to be your hero.”
“Hero” allows FOTY to break away from the sheer fun being had on most of the album and to focus on some deeper subject matter.
Brian Fauth | Our Vinyl Contributor